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Top of the Division
Washington Capitals maintain their dominance this week and have now won six straight games, dating back to February 4th. Beating multiple teams in the playoff picture The Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks and LA Kings scoring 22 goals during their win streak, giving up only 9. It is safe to say they are the best team in the NHL and are dominating their competition. The goaltending, offensive and defensive are clicking on all cylinders right now, with 20+ games to go in the regular season. Washington most likely will win the President’s Trophy, unless they hit a cold streak these next couple months.
Bottom of the Division
Carolina Hurricanes still sit at the bottom of the Metro division after losing their last two games and the New Jersey Devils gaining more points after their win yesterday against the Colorado Avalanche. However Carolina has two games in hand on New Jersey and are only 3 points behind. The Hurricanes are 1 point above the Detroit Red Wings for last place in the East. Both New Jersey and Carolina have had their issues this year putting the puck in the back of the net. With 20+ games left, I don’t see that changing and them making a playoff push.
With the Capitals leading the NHL in points, they should be the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers are playing well and will most likely all still be a part of the playoffs as well. The bottom half of the division is where teams will be fighting for a playoff spot. New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers haven’t had great weeks and are out of the playoff picture right now 3 and 2 points behind the 8th seed Toronto Maple Leafs respectfully. The playoff picture is always tight in the Eastern Conference with teams faltering or streaking at the end of the year to change the seeding in the last few days of the regular season.
The entire Washington Capitals team is hot, winning six in a row and scoring 22 goals. However there are other teams and players having great weeks. Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins is 2-0 this week with 1 shutout, only allowing 1 goal in two games. He now has 3 shutouts this season with a great 21-6 record. Niklas Backstrom and TJ Oshie of the Washington Capitals have had great weeks with 2 goals and 4 assists for Backstrom, 3 goals and 2 assists for Oshie. The New York Rangers have won 6 in a row and are climbing back into a spot for second place in the Metropolitan division only 2 points behind both of them with 75. They look to continue their hot streak against the New York Islanders February 16th.
Big Story of the Week
Pittsburgh Penguin captain and leading goal scorer in the NHL Sidney Crosby is going for his 1000th point in their next game against Winnipeg Jets February 16th. He notched his 999th career point last night against the Vancouver Canucks getting an assist early in the 3rd period on a great pass to Jake Guentzel. It is an incredible feat for him when he gets his 1000th point. He is the best player in the NHL and has been a joy to watch since he entered the league in 2005. One can only wonder how many points he would have now if he did not have a concussion issue in 2011-2012 missing 101 games during that span.