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Your weekly dose of Metropolitan action!

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

A couple of long win streaks were snapped last weekend, as the Pens and Flyers both saw their extended win streaks come to a halt. The Penguins remain atop the Metro by way of playing one less game than the New York Rangers. The two overtime losses over the weekend for Pittsburgh may come in handy at the end of the year, considering they only scored 1 goal in the two games.

Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets are now riding an 8 game win streak and still have 4 and 5 games on the Penguins and Rangers, respectively. Columbus sits 3 points behind the two-way tie for the division lead between the Pens and Rangers. The Blue Jackets will be wrapping up a Western Canada trip on Sunday before squeezing in 3 home games in 4 days heading into Christmas, including a large tilt against Pittsburgh on Thursday. This is going to be an important week for the Metro Division leaders as the Penguins will take on both the Rangers and the Jackets before heading into Christmas break. Plenty of points for the taking this week!

Happy Holidays, ladies and gentlemen!

METROPOLITAN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10
Pittsburgh 32 20 7 5 45 18 2 1 13-2-2 7-5-3 109 90 +19 7-1-2
NY Rangers 33 22 10 1 45 21 1 1 11-5-1 11-5-0 110 73 +37 7-3-0
Columbus 28 19 5 4 42 18 1 1 10-3-1 9-2-3 94 58 +36 9-0-1
Washington 30 19 8 3 41 18 1 2 11-5-0 8-3-3 81 66 +15 6-3-1
Philadelphia 33 19 11 3 41 16 3 2 11-5-2 8-6-1 106 100 +6 9-1-0
Carolina 31 13 11 7 33 11 2 4 9-3-1 4-8-6 82 87 -5 4-3-3
New Jersey 30 12 12 6 30 10 2 1 8-1-2 4-11-4 72 90 -18 2-6-2
NY Islanders 30 11 13 6 28 10 1 2 9-6-4 2-7-2 79 93 -14 5-3-2

New York Rangers

22-10-1, 45 pts  / 110GF/73GA  /  3-1 record last week

12/11/16
NJD: 0
NYR: 5

Raanta, Rangers Shutout Devils 5-0

12/13/16
CHI: 2
NYR: 1

Rangers Fall To Blackhawks 2-1 After Strong Third Period

12/15/16
NYR: 2
DAL: 0

Henrik Lundqvist Shuts Out Stars In His Return
-Worth a click: Cody Eakin gets 4 games for running Lundqvist

12/17/16
NYR: 2 SO
NSH: 1

Rangers and Vesey beat Predators in the shootout

Week Ahead:

Sunday Dec 18 - vs NJD

Tuesday Dec 20 - @ PIT

Friday Dec 23 - vs MIN

Injuries:

NEW YORK RANGERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
P. BuchnevichRW Nov 12, 2016 IR Back spasms
M. ZibanejadC Nov 20, 2016 IR Broken left fibula

Columbus Blue Jackets

19-5-4, 42 pts  /  94GF/58GA  /  2-0 record last week

12/13/16
CBJ: 3
EDM: 1

Game Recap #27: Blue Jackets 3 Edmonton 1

12/16/16
CBJ: 4
CAL: 1

Game Recap: On Fire

Week Ahead:

Sunday Dec 18 - @ VAN

Tuesday Dec 20 - vs LAK

Thursday Dec 22 - vs PIT***

Friday Dec 23 - vs MTL

Injuries:

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
D. ClarksonRW Sep 20, 2016 IR Lower-body injury
D. ProutD Nov 17, 2016 day-to-day Back spasms

Washington Capitals

19-8-3, 41 pts  /  81GF/66GA  /  3-1 record last week

12/11/16
VAN: 0
WSH: 3

Capitals vs. Canucks Recap: Pair of Milestone Points Propel Caps to Win

12/13/16
WSH: 4
NYI: 2

Caps vs Isles Recap: Frisky Nisky Gets Wristy, Sinks Isles 4-2

12/16/16
WSH: 4 SO
CAR: 3

Capitals vs. ‘Canes Recap: Caps Extend Streak to Six

12/17/16
MTL: 2
WSH: 1

Caps vs. Habs Recap: Price Is Steep, Halts Caps 2-1

Week Ahead:

Wednesday Dec 21 - @ PHI

Friday Dec 23 - vs TBL

Injuries:

None. Merry Christmas.

Philadelphia Flyers

19-11-3, 41 pts  /  106GF/100GA  /  2-1 record last week

12/11/16
PHI: 1 OT
DET: 0

Flyers vs. Red Wings recap: Nine in a row, party like it’s 1995!

12/14/16
PHI: 4
COL: 3

Flyers vs. Avalanche recap: Winning streak reaches double digits in Colorado

12/17/16
PHI: 1
DAL: 3

Flyers vs. Stars recap: It ends at ten

Week Ahead:

Monday Dec 19 - vs NSH

Wednesday Dec 21 - vs WSH

Thursday Dec 22 - @ NJD

Injuries:

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. NeuvirthG Nov 12, 2016 IR Sprained knee
S. CouturierC Nov 22, 2016 IR Sprained MCL
M. ReadRW Dec 4, 2016 IR Oblique
M. StreitD Dec 11, 2016 day-to-day Shoulde

Carolina Hurricanes

13-11-7, 33 pts  /  82GF/87GA  /  2-0-1 record last week

12/13/16
VAN: 6
CAR: 8

Recap: Hurricanes Turn The Tables On Canucks In Wild Comeback Win

12/16/16
WSH: 4 SO
CAR: 3

Carolina Hurricanes Fall to Washington Capitals 4-3 in Shootout

12/17/16
BUF: 1
CAR: 2 SO

Carolina Hurricanes Bounce Back with 2-1 Shootout Victory Over Buffalo Sabres

Week Ahead:

Monday Dec 19 - vs DET

Thursday Dec 22 - @ BUF

Friday Dec 23 - vs BOS

Injuries:

CAROLINA HURRICANES

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
B. BickellLW Nov 9, 2016 IR Multiple sclerosis
E. LackG Nov 20, 2016 IR Concussion

New Jersey Devils

12-12-6, 30 pts  /  72GF/90GA  /  0-3 record last week

12/11/16
NJD: 0
NYR: 5

New Jersey Devils Absolutely Sucked Against New York Rangers in 0-5 Loss

12/15/16
NJD: 2
STL: 5

New Jersey Devils Concede Five Unanswered to St. Louis Blues in Fourth Straight Loss

12/17/16
NJD: 1
OTT: 3

New Jersey Devils Deflected by Ottawa Senators in Fifth Straight Loss

Week Ahead:

Sunday Dec 18 - @ NYR

Tuesday Dec 20 - vs NSH

Wednesday Dec 22 - vs PHI

Friday Dec 23 - @ PIT

Injuries:

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. SavardC Oct 9, 2016 IR Post-concussion syndrome

New York Islanders

11-13-6, 28pts  /  79GF/93GA  /  0-2-1 record last week

12/13/16
WSH: 4
NYI: 2

Capitals 4, Islanders 2: Farther behind

12/15/16
CHI: 5
NYI: 4

Blackhawks 5, Islanders 4: Back and forth and down again

12/16/16
NYI: 2
BUF: 3 OT

Sabres 3, Islanders 2 (OT): Former Isles Moulson, Okposo help Buffalo come back, beat Isles

Week Ahead:

Sunday Dec 18 - vs OTT

Tuesday Dec 20 - @ BOS

Friday Dec 23 - vs BUF

Injuries:

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. GrabovskiC Sep 25, 2016 IR Concussion
A. PelechD Nov 28, 2016 IR Upper-body injury
C. CizikasC Dec 15, 2016 day-to-day Upper-body injury

*Standings via ESPN as of 12/17/16
**Injuries via TSN as of 12/17/16
***Game of the week! The Columbus Blue Jackets will be facing off against the Pittsburgh Penguins for an early Christmas gift at Nationwide Arena this Thursday. The two teams haven't needed much of a spark to ignite a fire in the recent past, and this one should be no different as both teams will be battling for positioning atop the Metropolitan Division. The Pens will get their first taste of the year from their newest rivalry, who also happen to be the biggest surprise so far this year.