Originally written on Red Light District Hockey | Last updated 3/26/12
1. Pittsburgh Penguins… LW: 1
Marc-Andre Fleury in his last 12 starts: 11-0-1, 1.55 GAA, .949 save percentage. He has also moved into a tie for the NHL lead in wins (41).
2. St. Louis Blues… LW: 2
Brian Elliott’s back-to-back shutouts helped the Blues set a franchise record for shutouts in a season (14).
3. Philadelphia Flyers… LW: 5
The Flyers are 10-2-1 in March, but it likely won’t be enough to claim first-round home-ice.
4. Nashville Predators… LW: 4
Alexander Radulov has three points in his first three games back with a Predators team that is in the midst of its most important stretch of the season.
5. New York Rangers… LW: 6
If the Blueshirts wish to hold on to the top seed in the conference, they’ll have to take advantage of their next three games: at Minnesota, at Winnipeg, vs. Montreal.
6. Vancouver Canucks… LW: 3
Alain Vigneault’s gang has won back-to-back games for the first time this month, but they’ll be going forward without Daniel Sedin (concussion).
7. Chicago Blackhawks… LW: 7
Chicago’s five-game winning streak ended with a thud Sunday night as they lost 6-1 at home to Nashville. How will they fare without both Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith?
8. Detroit Red Wings… LW: 8
Detroit has a big showdown with Nashville on Friday at the Joe, a game that could ultimately decide who ends up with the fourth seed.
9. New Jersey Devils… LW: 9
Why not let Johan Hedberg start more games? He’s started in eight games since the New Year, going 6-1-1 in the process.
10. Boston Bruins… LW: 17
For the first time in a while the Bruins have shown some jam. They are 4-1 in their last five games, including a quality road win at Los Angeles on Saturday.
11. Dallas Stars… LW: 15
The Stars will play their next three games in Western Canada before a crucial home-and-home with San Jose.
12. Los Angeles Kings… LW: 14
Darryl Sutter’s club, which has been a different team since Jeff Carter arrived, is also staring at a big road trip this week.
13. Florida Panthers… LW: 10
Three straight losses to non-playoff teams have opened up the door for Washington (three points back) to possibly make a late push for the division crown.
14. Ottawa Senators… LW: 11
Ottawa’s power play went 2-for-4 in their 8-4 win Saturday over Pittsburgh, ending an 0-for-23 stretch on the man advantage.
15. San Jose Sharks… LW: 16
Team Teal closed the week strong after two costly regulation losses. Outside of Wednesday’s game in Anaheim, they’ll close out the season playing against teams they’re battling with on the bubble.
16. Phoenix Coyotes… LW: 12
Radim Vrbata has been stuck on 30 goals for the last 12 games.
17. Washington Capitals… LW: 18
The Caps accumulated points in all four of their games last week, but their biggest contest of the year comes Tuesday when they host Buffalo.
18. Buffalo Sabres… LW: 21
All in must-win games, Ryan Miller led the Sabres to a 4-0 record last week with a 1.26 GAA and .956 save percentage.
19. Colorado Avalanche… LW: 13
With just five games left and sitting in 10th, Colorado is really behind the eight ball. They absolutely have to win Monday in San Jose.
20. Winnipeg Jets… LW: 20
Winnipeg in back-to-backs this season: 1-11-0 record while getting outscored 46-15.
21. Calgary Flames… LW: 19
It’s going to take a miracle for Calgary, losers of five straight, to sneak into the top eight.
22. Tampa Bay Lightning… LW: 23
In Saturday’s win over the Islanders, Steven Stamkos set a new career-high for goals (52). I have a feeling he’ll break that mark in upcoming seasons.
23. Anaheim Ducks… LW: 24
Could these be the last six games of Teemu Selanne’s illustrious career? Say it ain’t so!
24. Carolina Hurricanes… LW: 22
In last Wednesday’s win over Florida, the Hurricanes rose above .500 for the first time since November 1.
25. Edmonton Oilers… LW: 28
The Oilers aren’t giving up on this season just yet, and neither is Devan Dubnyk. The inconsistent netminder has posted a 6-1-1 record and 1.82 GAA this month.
26. New York Islanders… LW: 27
Can the Isles play spoiler against the Penguins this week? Evgeni Nabokov is 8-2-0 against them in his career.
27. Montreal Canadiens… LW: 26
Erik Cole was criticized early in the year, but who’s laughing now? The 31-year-old reached the 30-goal plateau with his hat trick against Ottawa last week.
28. Toronto Maple Leafs… LW: 25
Say what you will about Phil Kessel, but he’s the only Leaf to have played in every game this season and he continues to produce – win or lose.
29. Minnesota Wild… LW: 29
Minnesota has been outscored 78-30 in their last 24 road games.
30. Columbus Blue Jackets… LW: 30
Nothing new here. Columbus is still Columbus.
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