Florida Panthers: What a streak the Florida Panthers are on. It may be hard to believe, but they have climbed their way into the wild card race in the East, only 6 points back. They have won 4 in a row, 6 of their last 7. Beating teams such as the Habs, Leafs, Red Wings and Caps, they have averaged 3 goals in their 6 wins, and 1.5 against. Their one loss came from the Blackhawks, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Their forecheck has been very good, and the defense and goaltending has been outstanding, as shown by that 1.5 GAA.
Pittsburgh Penguins: It’s no surprise that the Penguins are on a hot streak. What makes it so amazing,though, is that they’ve been winning 10 out of 11 while plagued with injuries. They have 10 starters out due to injury, including Malkin, Letang, Scuderi, Orpik, ect. They also have 2 out due to suspensions (Deryk Engelland and James Neal). As of now, they have only the top line of Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis, Jokinen, Sutter, Niskanen, and Fluery healthy from the original roster.
Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks are having another great season, and right now they are on a 6 game winning streak. They have posted a 3.83 goals for average and 1.5 goals against per game during this streak. They are back leading the Pacific division, and are 2nd in the conference. They have a game in hand, however, on the Blackhawks.
New York Rangers: The Rangers have seem to have lost their confidence. They are very vulnerable, as shown by their 1-4-2 record during their 9 game home stand. Lundqvist still continues to struggle, though he did look a bit better in that last game. Last night’s rivalry night matchup was important for them, but they could not live up to that challenge.
Toronto Maple Leafs: The Toronto Maple Leafs have dropped off and has left themselves vulnerable to be knocked out of a playoff spot. Like I mentioned, the Panthers are climbing up the standings. Also on their tail are the Flyers, Devils, Senators, and even the Rangers. The Leafs are 3-7-0 in their last 10.
New York Islanders: Now these guys have been horrendous. Like I predicted, the trade for Vanek was not going to help them. The offense has even dropped since then. They needed defense and goaltending. They are 1-5-4, dropping off to a -36 goal differential. Something is going to change here soon, whether it’s a trade or a coaching change.