The Metro Division has been constant these past weeks with The Washington Capitals at the top. However, the Carolina Hurricanes have climbed out of last place and are now tied with the New Jersey Devils with 62 points and have three games in hand. The Columbus Blue Jackets with 90 sit in second ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers who have 88 points.
THE FIGHT FOR SECOND AND THIRD PLACE
- Second Place: The Columbus Blue Jackets had a great week. Winning three out of four putting them two points ahead of the Penguins and The Rangers. The Penguins do have a game in hand on the Blue Jackets as they look to tie them for second. It will be a tight race in the Metro Division for second place. All three teams have a chance to make a move on first place as Washington dropped points points to the Dallas Stars in their last game.
- Third Place: All three teams have a chance to make a move on the other heading into the playoffs. They all sit within two points of each other. The Rangers have a more difficult road as they are tied in points with the Penguins but the Penguins have three games in hand. The Columbus Blue Jackets have two games in hand on the Rangers as they sit in second place.
- This race will be tight going into this last part of the season. Each team has played extremely well and will look to gain points on each other this next week. It will be an interesting race to keep an eye on due to how tight it is.
- Washington looks to be in control even though they dropped points in their last game. With 95 points they are five points up on the Blue Jackets and seven points up on the Penguins and Rangers. They went 1-1-1 this week which isn’t their best. They will look to get back to their dominance this week.
- It is hard to determine who will be in second place at the end of the year. As mentioned, all three teams are within two points of each other. They all three have 15 or more points on the next wild card team. Columbus, Pittsburgh and New York will all make the playoffs. The rest of the season will show what seed they get.
- The New York Islanders sit in the last playoff spot with 73 points. They are now 1 point up on the Toronto Maple Leafs and three points on their Division opponent the Philadelphia Flyers.
- The New Jersey Devils and The Carolina Hurricanes are all but out of the playoffs with only 62 points this late in the season.
THREE STARS OF THE WEEK
- Sergei Bobrovsky G Columbus Blue Jackets– Bobrovsky had an incredible week. He went 3-0 in his three starts with three shutouts. He stopped 91 shots on 91 attempts with a 1.000 save percentage. Not many goalies will have as good of a week. He led Columbus to a 3-0 record in his starts which allowed for Columbus to move ahead of Pittsburgh with 90 points.
- Evgeni Malkin C Pittsburgh Penguins- Malkin played extremely well for Pittsburgh. The Star Center had five points in three games with three goals and two assists. Malkin led the Penguins to a 2-1 record over the week as they look to get back into a tie for second place with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- Steve Mason G Philadelphia Flyers– The Goalie for the Flyers led them to a 2-0-1 record in his three starts over the week. He stopped 92 of 98 shot attempts. Mason had a great 1.61 goals against average to go along with his .939 save percentage which was second to Bobrovsky over that span. Mason helped the Flyers gain points over the week as they look to fight for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
As we head to the last 15+ games of the season for each team. It is going to be an interesting fight in this division for second and third place as well as the last remaining playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.