With about a month remaining in the Regular Season, several teams appear to be hitting their strides, others are falling off, and some are pushing through detrimental injuries.
The Florida Panthers are 1 point out of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Over the last 10 games, the Panthers are 8-2-0 (currently have won 6 straight) and have beaten Washington, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Philadelphia; all playoff contenders.
Although it’s hard to make a convincing argument that Florida could go deep in the playoffs, it is still impressive what they have accomplished over the past 10 games as they have 19 games remaining.
Florida will take on Tampa Bay tonight at 7:30 PM ET in Tampa Bay in another difficult game.
Over in the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators have currently won 8 games in a row and look to finish off their last 17 games strong.
At this moment, Nashville sits in first place in the Western Conference, with a 6 point lead over Winnipeg in their division.
Nashville plays Dallas tonight at 8:00 PM ET in Nashville as they return home after a four game road trip that included four come from behind wins for the Predators.
Toronto appears to be hitting a little rough patch as they lost their fourth game in a row to the Buffalo Sabres last night.
The Maple Leafs are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division behind Boston.
Luckily for Toronto, they have a 15 point lead over the Florida Panthers who are in fourth in the Atlantic, so it is not likely that Florida will be able to catch up to Toronto by the end of the Regular Season.
However, Toronto needs to find a way to turn things around quickly as the Playoffs are approaching.
Toronto has some time off as they do not play again until Saturday against Pittsburgh in Toronto at 7:00 PM ET.
The Boston Bruins are currently second in the Atlantic Division and are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
However, the Bruins are going to be facing one of their biggest challenges thus far.
First line Center Patrice Bergeron and Defenseman Charlie McAvoy are currently injured.
Bergeron was injured in Boston’s last game against Toronto when he blocked a slap shot and suffered a fracture in his foot.
He is set to be reevaluated in about a week, hopefully a better timeline can be determined then.
McAvoy suffered a lower body injury in Saturday’s game against Montreal which was diagnosed as a MCL sprain in his left knee.
McAvoy will be reevaluated in 4 weeks, about the last week of the regular season.
These are two huge losses to the Bruins and they will have to find a way to keep winning without McAvoy and Bergeron.
Boston will take on Detroit tonight at 7:00 PM ET in Boston.