Not much changed in the Metropolitan Division in the past week. The Washington Capitals are still holding onto first place and Carolina Hurricanes are sitting at the bottom, four points behind New Jersey Devils but they do have four games in hand. The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to break away from Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers to take firm control of second place in the Metro Division and Eastern Conference.
The Washington Capitals are three points up on Pittsburgh with a game in hand. They look to be in firm control of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Washington has the league leader in points since the 1st of January in Niklas Backstrom with 32 points, eight goals and 24 assists. Despite dropping points in their last two games they are still the favorites for the Presidents trophy with the most points in the NHL.
The Metro division looks to have four teams clearly in the playoffs with Washington, Pittsburgh, Columbus and New York Rangers. After the top four, it starts to get interesting. With the Florida Panthers winning five in a row they have jumped Boston Bruins and New York Islanders for the second spot in the wild card in the East. It looks like it will come down to one of those three teams edging out the others for the last playoff spot. Each team has 66 points, but Florida sits in the lead due to the fact they have one game in hand on both teams. The Philadelphia Flyers are still fighting for a spot with 63 points, but sit in 11th place in the East.
Sidney Crosby notched his 1,000th career point in a game against the Winnipeg Jets on February 16th, 2017. He is one of the eight active players in the NHL with 1,000 points in a career. Crosby hit this milestone and went on to score the game winning goal in overtime to give Pittsburgh the win. The 29-year-old is the leagues leading goal scorer with 33 and sits in second in points with 66.