There are just four weeks until the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on April 8th, with teams ranging from 11 to 14 games remaining in their season.
Here is how the top ten teams in the NHL stack up right now.
10. Calgary Flames (36-27-7):
Sitting in third place in the Pacific Division, the Flames have gone 6-3-1 in their last ten games defeating teams such as Boston, Florida, Columbus, and Arizona.
Calgary has even been solid on special teams with the eighth ranked penalty kill, and tenth ranked power play.
With potentially finishing with little to no home ice at all in the playoffs, it certainly will help the Flames that their road record is 20-14-3, which is the sixth best in the league.
The Flames will host the New York Islanders Thursday night at 9:00 ET.
9. Carolina Hurricanes (37-25-5):
Carolina had a solid week going 2-1-0 defeating the Islanders, and Penguins after falling to Philadelphia 4-1.
Despite allowing the sixth least goals against, the Hurricanes sit in the middle of the pack in scoring; which arguably has kept them from consistently staying in the top three of the Metropolitan Division.
The Hurricanes are impressive on special teams as well with the fourth best penalty kill, and ninth best power play.
Carolina will take on the Red Wings tonight in Detroit at 7:30 ET in what should be an easy two points, helping them inch closer to struggling Pittsburgh who is just five points ahead of the Hurricanes.
8. Edmonton Oilers (37-24-9):
The Oilers are in a battle with the Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division.
This week Edmonton earned five of a possible eight points going 2-1-1 with wins over Dallas, and Columbus.
Edmonton has to be the best special teams unit in the league with not only the best power play, but also the second best penalty kill.
With twelve games remaining in the season, the race is on for the Pacific Division as Vegas is just three points ahead of Edmonton.
Edmonton will look to avoid losing back-to-back games when the Winnipeg Jets come to town tomorrow night at 9:00 ET.
7. Vegas Golden Knights (39-24-8):
There are few teams that are hotter than Vegas right now, going 8-2-0 in their last ten games, including 3-1-0 this past week defeating New Jersey, Calgary, and Edmonton.
Vegas winning the division is instrumental to their chances of a deep playoff run as they are 22-11-4 at home, however are not as impressive on the road with a record of 17-13-4.
An area of concern for the Golden Knights is their penalty kill as they have the fourth worst unit in the league.
Vegas travels to Minnesota to take on the Wild Thursday night at 8:00 ET as they look to win three consecutive games.
6. Washington Capitals (41-20-8):
The Capitals, despite going 4-3-3 in their last ten games, still remain in first place of the Metropolitan Division.
Washington has scored the second most goals in the league, yet have struggled on the power play with the amount of weapons on their offense as they sit dead in the middle of the league with the fifteenth ranked power play.
Alex Ovechkin, and the Capitals need to get back to their winning ways following a down week which saw just one win, and three losses; one to Philadelphia, one to the Rangers in overtime, and the other to Buffalo in a shootout.
The Capitals will host Detroit Thursday night at 7:00 ET as they look to avoid losing their division lead over the Flyers who are just one point behind Washington.
5. Colorado Avalanche (41-20-8):
Like Washington, the Avalanche had a sub-par week as well losing to Los Angeles, and Vancouver in regulation, along with Anaheim in overtime.
The Avalanche are a team to watch come April as they have the third best goal-differential from scoring the fourth most goals, and allowing the fifth least goals against.
On top of this, it does not matter where Colorado plays as they have the best road record of 24-11-2, and also an impressive home record of 17-9-6.
Colorado will host the New York Rangers tomorrow night at 10:00 ET as they look to tie the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division.
4. Tampa Bay Lightning (43-20-6):
Following their eleven game winning streak, Tampa Bay has definitely had their ups and downs.
In their last ten games the Lightning have gone 4-5-1, with losses to Vegas, Arizona, Boston, Toronto, and Detroit.
However, for the second year in a row it appears Tampa Bay will score the most goals as they have the most currently with 244.
The Lightning have the sixth best home record, and the third best road record which will help them come April if they can not surpass the Bruins for first in the Atlantic Division.
The league’s fifth best power play unit will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight on the road at 7:00 ET in what could be a preview of a playoff series.
3. Philadelphia Flyers (41-20-7):
There is no debate. Right now the Flyers are the hottest team in the league as they have won nine consecutive games, outscoring their opponents 39-17 in those nine games.
Philadelphia now sits five points ahead of Pittsburgh, and just one point behind Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Home ice will be crucial for the Philadelphia Flyers as they have the best home record of 25-5-4, however have an average road record of 16-15-3.
The Flyers have a big test tonight as they host the Boston Bruins who are in first place overall.
2. St. Louis Blues (41-19-10):
St. Louis has gotten themselves back on track the past week or two going 8-2-0 in their last ten games, and now sit tied for second overall in the NHL.
The Blues have allowed the sixth fewest goals against, as well as capitalizing on their power play chances with the third best unit in the league.
Despite having an elite power play, the Blues need to improve their penalty kill which is currently ranked sixteenth in the league.
The Blues travel to Anaheim to take on the Ducks tomorrow at 10:00 ET as they look to hold onto first place in the Central Division.
1. Boston Bruins (43-14-12):
Another week down, another week the Bruins remain atop the NHL.
This week saw Boston go 2-1-0 with wins over Tampa Bay, and Florida on the road, before falling to Tampa Bay Saturday night.
Tied with Tampa Bay for the best goal-differential of plus-51, the Bruins have scored the ninth most goals, and have allowed the second fewest goals against.
Add into the mix Boston’s special teams which is the second ranked power play, and third ranked penalty kill in league, Boston is set for another deep playoff run.
With thirteen games remaining, the Bruins have the second best home record, the fourth best road record, as well as a six point lead over second place Tampa Bay, and St. Louis.
Boston will look to make a statement win as they take on the Flyers in Philadelphia tonight at 7:00 ET, who have won nine consecutive games.
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