With the completion of the trade deadline Monday, we saw numerous players heading to new teams as well a few new teams making their way into the top ten teams of the NHL right now.
10. Carolina Hurricanes:
Not only are the Hurricanes currently on a three game winning streak, the Hurricanes are also 8-2-0 in their last ten games and now sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Carolina is a team that has proven they can not only win at home, but they -can also win on the road with a home record of 17-10-4, and a road record of 17-13-2.
Even more impressive, Carolina is averaging a league best 28 shots against per game, and also a league best 35.1 shots for per game; this was evident in Carolina’s 6-1 win over the King’s Tuesday night.
Carolina will take on the St. Louis Blues tomorrow night at 7:30 PM ET.
9. Washington Capitals:
Finding themselves one spot ahead of last week’s, the Capitals are currently sitting on back to back wins, and are 6-3-1 in their last ten games.
Washington sits in second place in the Metropolitan Division, however will be taking on the New York Islanders tomorrow night at 7:00 PM ET; the Islanders are currently in first place in the Metropolitan Division.
8. Nashville Predators:
The Predators may have had a successful trade deadline, acquiring Wayne Simmonds, Mikael Granlund, Brian Boyle, and Cody McCleod, however they still appear to be trying to find their groove on top of improve their dismal power play.
Going 4-5-1 in their last ten games, Nashville does sit first in the Central Division, although the St. Louis Blues appear to be on the hunt for that spot.
Coming off a 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues, the Predators will travel to take on the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow night at 8:00 PM ET.
7. St. Louis Blues:
It is arguable that the Blues are the hottest team in the league right now.
Starting at almost dead last in the standings in January, the Blues have climbed their way back into a playoff spot, currently third in the Central Division.
With a record of 8-1-1 in their last ten games, St. Louis are now just five points from first place in the Central Division, and have played three games less than the Predators.
The Blues will travel to take on the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night at 7:30 PM ET in a game between two of the league’s hottest teams right now.
6. New York Islanders:
Although the Islanders have gone 6-3-1 in their last ten games, they still remain at the top of the Metropolitan Division.
New York did fall to the Calgary Flames 3-1 in a home game on Tuesday, however they have another test tonight at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 PM ET.
The Islanders are not a team to be taken lightly, but New York will have to start being able to get wins against the other team’s at the top of the standings.
5. San Jose Sharks:
San Jose currently sits in second place of the Pacific Division with an overall record of 37-19-8, and have gone 6-3-1 in their last ten games.
The Sharks being placed here has more to do with a few other teams improving their game as of late, and less to do with San Jose playing worse.
Coming off a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, this is the second time in two weeks Boston has beaten San Jose; once at home, and once on the road.
With an impressive home record of 19-5-5, the Sharks will look to make it their 20th home win of the season tomorrow night as they host the Colorado Avalanche at 10:30 PM ET.
4. Toronto Maple Leafs:
Jumping two spots up are the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs are currently just one point behind the Boston Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Currently sitting on three consecutive wins, the Maple Leafs have gone 6-3-1 in their last ten games, with an overall record of 39-20-4.
Even more impressive, the Maple Leafs have the second best goal differential in the league of plus-49.
Toronto will look to retake the second seed in the Atlantic Division as they take on the New York Islanders at 7:00 PM ET in New York.
3. Boston Bruins:
The Boston Bruins remain in the same spot this week.
Although the Bruins have gone 8-0-2 in their last ten games, the Bruins still are in the third best team in the league right now.
Boston has an impressive 22-7-3 home record, however have a less impressive 15-10-6 away record.
With the additions of Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson to the second and third lines, the Bruins will have to get through Toronto and Tampa Bay, however appear to be in shape for a deep playoff run.
2. Calgary Flames:
The Flames are currently sitting on a seven game winning streak, and are first in the Western Conference by seven points.
Calgary has an incredible 20-5-5 home record, and an impressive 21-11-2 away record.
With the third best goal differential in the league of plus-48, the Flames right now have a clear strong hold on the Western Conference, but may be challenged depending on who they would play if they do make a Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
Calgary will host the Minnesota Wild Saturday night at 10:00 PM ET as they look to make it eight consecutive wins in a row.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning:
Once again, not even close.
Right now the league’s best team is on a ten game winning streak, and lead in pretty much every stat as a team; including a goal differential of plus-83, a power play efficiency of 29.7%, a penalty kill rate of 86.1%, and a goals for per game of 3.84.
Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference by 19 points, and leads the league by 13 points with just 18 games remaining in their regular season.
The Lightning will take on the Boston Bruins in Boston tonight at 7:30 PM ET; a game between the first and second placed teams in the Eastern Conference.
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