Despite coming off one of their worst performances of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs return home with a chance to end the league's longest playoff drought.
The New York Islanders have to like their chances of getting back to the postseason as they hit the road.
While New York's last trip to the playoffs came in 2007 - tied for the third-longest drought in the NHL - Toronto has not qualified since 2004. The Maple Leafs, looking to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in a month, could lock up a postseason berth as early as Thursday if they beat the Islanders and ninth-place Winnipeg loses in regulation to Carolina a bit later in the night.
Being at home for the first potential chance to end that playoff drought could be a big help considering Toronto (24-15-5) has won three straight and seven of eight there. The Maple Leafs looked sluggish on the road Tuesday, falling 5-1 at Washington for their most lopsided loss of the season.
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