We are at DEFCON-1.
With 5 games to go we need just 5 points to tie Tampa's max potential, however our 3-ROW lead has dwindled to just 1. Our Magic Number is now 6 (technically it was never 5 but that 3-ROW lead gave me a little confidence. Also with Boston beating the Hawks while playing their backup, second game in two nights, first home game after a road trip (i.e. a triple-guaranteed win for the Hawks) I can no longer look at Tampa's schedule and say there are any near-certain losses there.
While Colin White and Ben Harpur are available, I don't know if either one will get into the lineup tonight. Harpur is the more likely one as he has been playing The System (AHL version) the whole season, and they desperately need bodies on the back-end. With Karlsson still doubtful for tonight, and after what happened in Winnipeg, I would not be surprised if Boucher went with 7D. Which also makes it unlikely that White plays.
Tomorrow night, in Ottawa, after skating with the team and watching a full game upstairs, that's when I expect White to join in. That said, if he goes tonight I won't be holding my breath for his first NHL point. There are so many things he can do -- like establish a strong forecheck, hit a few bodies -- which the current set of bottom-six forwards have not been doing lately.
If they win tonight I suspect Karlsson will be rested one more game.