We are now to the point where every team has ten or less games remaining in their regular season.
Let’s take a look at how the Top Ten teams in the NHL stack up the week following St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
10. Pittsburgh Penguins:
The Penguins dropping does not have to do with them necessarily playing worse than last week, however other teams have stepped up as of late to knock them back a few spots.
Malkin being out certainly does not help the Penguins either.
Pittsburgh is 6-2-2 in their last ten games, and are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Hurricanes, and a 2-1 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Currently in third in the Metropolitan Division with 89 points, the Penguins will travel to Nashville to take on the Predators tomorrow night at 8:00 PM ET in a repeat of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.
9. Winnipeg Jets:
Crawling back into the top ten this week are the Winnipeg Jets.
After a sluggish month or so, Winnipeg is currently on a three game winning streak and sit first in the Central Division just one point ahead of Nashville.
The Jets also have the fourth best power play in the league with a success rate of 25.9 percent.
Winnipeg will take on the Ducks in Anaheim tonight at 10:00 PM ET as they look to make it four consecutive wins.
8. Nashville Predators:
Honestly Nashville, and Winnipeg could very well be switched, these two teams are very close right now.
Also sitting on a three game winning streak, the Predators are coming off an impressive 3-0 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nashville has allowed the fifth least goals against with 194, however do need to find a way to improve their power play if they want to avoid a repeat of how last season ended.
The Predators will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night at 8:00 PM ET in Nashville.
7. Toronto Maple Leafs:
The Maple Leafs have displayed some struggles as of late.
Toronto is 4-5-1 in their last ten games, and have now lost back to back games.
The Maple Leafs do have the third best goal differential in the league with a differential of plus-40, and the seventh best power play in the league with a success rate of 22.8 percent.
Toronto will look to avoid a three game losing streak as they take on the Sabres in Buffalo tonight at 7:00 PM ET.
6. Vegas Golden Knights:
Since acquiring Mark Stone, Vegas is a different team.
Even with backup Malcolm Subban in net the past two games the Golden Knights defeated the Oilers 6-3 at home, and then went to San Jose the following night and defeated the Sharks 7-3.
Vegas has gone 9-1-0 in their last ten games and is currently on a three game winning streak.
The Golden Knights will look to make it four consecutive wins in a row as they host the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow night at 10:00 PM ET in a solid Western Conference match up.
5. San Jose Sharks:
The San Jose Sharks have fallen a few spots since last week.
Going 6-4-0 in their last ten games, the Sharks have now lost three games in a row.
However they did clinch a spot in the playoffs last night with the St. Louis Blues defeating the Edmonton Oilers 7-2, making them the third team to clinch a playoff spot this season.
San Jose is currently second in the Pacific Division with 94 points, seven points ahead of Vegas, and three points behind Calgary for first in the Pacific Division.
The Sharks will look to snap this losing streak as they take on the Los Angeles Kings on the road tomorrow night at 10:30 PM ET.
4. Washington Capitals:
Find themselves consistently climbing in the power rankings are the Washington Capitals.
The Capitals are 8-2-0 in their last ten games, and currently sit first in the Metropolitan Division with 93 points, two points ahead of the New York Islanders, who appear to not be able to defeat contenders, and four points ahead of Pittsburgh.
Washington has proven they are a team that can score goals with the sixth most goals for on the season with 248.
If the defending champs continue to improve their game heading into the playoffs, watch out for this team.
We will get a glimpse of a potential Eastern Conference Finals match up tonight as the Capitals take on the Lightning at 7:30 PM ET in Washington, where they have a record of 21-9-5.
3. Calgary Flames:
The Flames have bounced back since their struggles a few weeks ago.
Calgary currently sits in first place in the Pacific Division with 97 points, and have the second best goal differential in the league with a differential of plus-52.
After a solid 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets last night, the Flames now have a home record of 24-7-5.
Calgary certainly could improve in special teams, on the penalty kill especially, as they have the 21st ranked penalty kill in the league with a kill rate of 79.7 percent, and have the 10th best power play in the league with a success rate of 21.2 percent.
The Flames will host the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night at 9:30 PM ET as they look to break away from the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division.
2. Boston Bruins:
The Bruins had another strong week.
Currently sitting on back to back wins, Boston is 7-3-0 in their last ten games, and are in second in the Atlantic Division with 97 points, six points ahead of Toronto.
Coming off an impressive 5-0 away win over the Islanders, Boston is now in serious contention for the Jennings Trophy, least goals against allowed in a season, as they are now third in goals against with just 185.
On top of having a dominant 28-7-3 home record, the Bruins are also a top ten team in special teams.
Boston has the third best power play with a success rate of 26.2 percent, and have the tenth best penalty kill with a kill rate of 81.3 percent.
The Bruins will look to make it a three game winning streak as they take on the Devils in New Jersey tomorrow night at 7:00 PM ET.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning:
Well to no one’s surprise the Lightning clinched the Presidents’ Trophy with nine games remaining in their regular season.
Tampa Bay has now won five games in a row, and are 8-2-0 in their last ten games.
The Lightning have scored 287 goals, and have allowed just 196 goals against on the season for a league best goal differential of plus-96 (Calgary has the second best with plus-52).
Also, Tampa Bay has the best penalty kill, and power play in the league with a kill rate of 28.4 percent, and a success rate of 85.7 percent.
As previously stated, the Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Washington Capitals in Washington tonight at 7:30 PM ET in what is an incredible Eastern Conference match up.
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