With just 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Boston Bruins are well-positioned to claim home-ice advantage.
Just inside the home-ice bubble as the fourth seed in the East, the Bruins have a six-point advantage over the Toronto Maple Leafs with a game in hand that could stretch the gap to eight points. As a result, a maximum of 13 points in their final 10 games is required to net Claude Julien's boys a friendly venue for the majority of a first-round series.
Though Toronto's threat cannot be overlooked, the Bruins will have their eye on another Canadian rival. If they can overtake Montreal, who continues to guard a slim one-point lead in the Northeast division, the Bruins will likely earn a coveted top-two seed.
Here are a few keys to locking up a favorable seed.