Another week down, another week closer to the All-Star Weekend.
Here is how the Top Ten Teams in the NHL stack up at the moment.
10. San Jose Sharks:
The Sharks are currently riding a four game winning streak, and sit third in the Pacific Division.
Erik Karlsson appears to finally be finding his groove with the Sharks with 11 assists in his last five games.
9. Boston Bruins:
Boston could be heating up right now.
The Bruins have won five games in a row, with Pastrnak, Bergeron, and Marchand combining for 137 points on the season thus far.
After a little time outside the top three in the Atlantic Division, the Bruins have found themselves back in the top three, just two points behind Toronto for second, and four points ahead of Buffalo.
8. Winnipeg Jets:
The Jets have been going back and forth with the Predators all season for first in the Central Division.
Winnipeg is currently fourth in the Western Conference, and have gone 6-4-0 in their last ten games.
Both Nashville and Winnipeg need to hit a hot streak if they want to remain being considered contenders.
7. Nashville Predators:
Just one point behind Winnipeg for the Central Division, Nashville is finally getting healthy, and have a chance to get on a role.
Coming off back to back wins, the Predators take on Chicago tonight for a great Wednesday Night Rivalry match up.
6. Pittsburgh Penguins:
Pittsburgh has gone 9-1-0 in their last ten games, and are now just two points behind Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Crosby has notched his 12th 20-plus goal season, and will look to get another win in Anaheim Friday night.
5. Vegas Golden Knights:
Vegas is on fire right now.
The Golden Knights have won seven games in a row, are 8-0-2 in their last ten games, and are now tied with Calgary at 58 points for first place in not only the Pacific Division, but also the Western Conference.
Have Fleury keep being the brick wall he has been, and Vegas will hopefully get a crucial two points tomorrow night against San Jose at home; Vegas has a home record of 15-3-3 this season.
4. Washington Capitals:
The defending champs remain once again in the top five.
Washington has won back to back games, and are 6-3-1 in their last ten games.
However, with Pittsburgh, and Columbus both playing solid hockey right now, the Capitals will need to continue their dominance in order to keep the Metropolitan Division there’s.
3. Calgary Flames:
Calgary is currently second in the NHL behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After hitting a small skid, the Flames have now won back to back games, and are 5-3-2 in their last ten games.
Calgary will look to make a statement tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, who sit fourth in the Central Division.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs:
Although Calgary is ahead of them in the standings, I do believe that Toronto is the better team right now.
The Maple Leafs are 6-3-1 in their last ten games, and are second in the Atlantic Division, behind league leader Tampa Bay.
With Andersen dealing with some injuries, Matthews, and Tavares are both going to need to step it up in order to remain at the top of the league.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning
Right now, no one is stopping the Lightning.
Tampa Bay sits 10 points ahead of second place Calgary, and have a league best goal differential of plus-56; Toronto is second with a goal differential of plus-35.
The Lightning have gone 8-1-1 in their last ten games, and will take on the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow; Carolina has won five games in a row, and sit six points outside a Wild Card Spot.
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San Jose: www.mercurynews.com
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