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Keeping up with the Metropolitans 1/8/17-1/14/17

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Your weekly dose of Metropolitan action!

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The Penguins are on a rare 3 game losing streak, and it's showing in the standings this week as another Metro opponent is currently on a long win streak and some separation is starting to take place within the division. Columbus is still on top, but the Capitals are hot on their heels. The Capitals have a much tougher upcoming week than the Jackets; the Capitals will be starting a 3 game road trip starting with a rematch in Pittsburgh on Monday night, after taking on the Flyers Sunday in DC.

Can Washington extend their win streak and take over first place over Columbus, or will Columbus continue their franchise's best season? Also, don't look now but Carolina is warming up, and just look at their home(and their away) record - the Pens will be visiting this Friday night in Raleigh, don't forget about the Hurricanes who are just one point behind Philly for that 2nd Wild Card spot.

METROPOLITAN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10
Columbus 42 29 9 4 62 27 2 1 16-4-1 13-5-3 141 95 +46 6-4-0
Washington 42 28 9 5 61 27 1 4 17-5-1 11-4-4 126 86 +40 8-1-1
Pittsburgh 42 26 11 5 57 24 2 1 18-2-2 8-9-3 145 124 +21 6-4-0
NY Rangers 44 28 15 1 57 26 2 1 13-8-1 15-7-0 152 116 +36 5-5-0
Philadelphia 45 22 17 6 50 17 5 4 14-6-3 8-11-3 132 143 -11 2-6-2
Carolina 43 21 15 7 49 19 2 4 15-4-1 6-11-6 121 117 +4 6-4-0
New Jersey 44 17 18 9 43 14 3 2 10-6-3 7-12-6 99 128 -29 4-4-2
NY Islanders 41 16 17 8 40 15 1 3 11-8-4 5-9-4 116 128 -12 5-3-2

Columbus Blue Jackets

29-9-4, 62 pts  /  141GF/95GA  /  2-2 record last week

1/8/17
PHI: 1
CBJ: 2 OT

Game Recap: "Blood From a Rock"

1/10/17
CBJ: 3
CAR: 5

Game Recap: Hog Slop

1/13/17
CBJ: 3
TBL: 1

Recap: Thunderstruck

1/14/17
CBJ: 3
FLA: 4

Quick Recap: Jackets Their Own Worst Enemy in 4-3 Loss to Florida

Week Ahead:

Tuesday Jan 17 - vs CAR

Thursday Jan 19 - vs OTT

Saturday Jan 21 - vs CAR

Injuries:

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
D. ClarksonRW Sep 20, 2016 IR Back
S. BobrovskyG Jan 13, 2017 day-to-day Illness

Washington Capitals

28-9-5, 61 pts  /  126GF/86GA  /  3-0 record last week

1/9/17
WSH: 4
MTL: 1

Capitals vs. Canadiens Recap: Washington Wins Sixth Straight

1/11/17
WSH: 5
PIT: 2

Capitals vs. Penguins Recap: Caps Down Penguins and for Alex Ovechkin His Story is History

BONUS! Pensburgh Coverage:
Penguins vs. Capitals: Ovechkin's night helps sink Pittsburgh, Caps win 5-2

1/13/17
WSH: 6
CHI: 0

Caps vs. Blackhawks Recap: Caps Open a Six Pack, Smash Hawks 6-0

Week Ahead:

Sunday Jan 15 - vs PHI

Monday Jan 16 - @ PIT***

Thursday Jan 19 - @ STL

Saturday Jan 21 - @ DAL

Injuries:

None.

New York Rangers

28-15-1, 57 pts  / 152GF/116GA  /  0-2 record last week

1/13/17
TOR: 4
NYR: 2

Rangers Fall To Maple Leafs 4-2 In Return From Bye Week

1/14/17
NYR: 4
MON: 5

Rangers Collapse In Third Period And Fall To Canadiens 5-4

Week Ahead:

Tuesday Jan 17 - vs DAL

Thursday Jan 19 - @ TOR

Injuries:

NEW YORK RANGERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. ZibanejadC Nov 20, 2016 IR Broken left fibula
M. PuempelLW Jan 2, 2017 IR Concussion
M. StaalD Jan 3, 2017 day-to-day Concussion

Philadelphia Flyers

22-17-6, 50 pts  /  132GF/143GA  /  1-2-1 record last week

1/8/17
PHI: 1
CBJ: 2 SO

Flyers at Blue Jackets recap: Some nights you don’t get the breaks

1/10/17
PHI: 1
BUF: 4

Flyers vs. Sabres recap: LOL the Flyers lost to the Sabres because why not

1/12/17
VAN: 4
PHI: 5 SO

Flyers vs. Canucks recap: Two points all count the same

1/14/17
PHI: 3
BOS: 6

Flyers at Bruins recap: Ghost-less Flyers play very poor defensive hockey in tough road loss

Week Ahead:

Sunday Jan 15 - @ WSH

Saturday Jan 21 - vs NJD

Injuries:

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. ReadRW Jan 13, 2017 day-to-day Lower-body injury

Carolina Hurricanes

21-15-7, 49 pts  /  121GF/117GA  /  4-0 record last week

1/8/17
BOS: 3
CAR: 4 OT

Recap: Carolina Hurricanes Defeat Boston Bruins in Overtime, Win Season Series (Rank ‘Em)

1/10/17
CBJ: 3
CAR: 5

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Hurricanes Top Blue Jackets, 5-3

1/13/17
BUF: 2
CAR: 5

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Skinner, McGinn lead ‘Canes Past Sabres

1/14/17
NYI: 4
CAR: 7

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Hurricanes Blitz Islanders in 7-4 win

Week Ahead:

Tuesday Jan 17 - @ CBJ

Friday Jan 20 - vs PIT

Saturday Jan 21- @ CBJ

Injuries:

CAROLINA HURRICANES

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
B. BickellLW Nov 9, 2016 IR Multiple sclerosis
E. LackG Dec 30, 2016 IR Concussion

New Jersey Devils

17-18-9, 43 pts  /  99GF/128GA  /  1-1-1 record last week

1/9/17
FLA: 3
NJD: 0

New Jersey Devils Played Lame in 0-3 Loss to Florida Panthers

1/12/17
NJD: 2
EDM: 3 OT

New Jersey Devils Blow It Late in 2-3 Overtime Loss to Edmonton Oilers

1/13/17
NJD: 2
CGY: 1

New Jersey Devils Win in Calgary for First Time Since 2007

Week Ahead:

Sunday Jan 15 - @ VAN

Tuesday Jan 17 - @ MIN

Friday Jan 20 - vs MTL

Saturday Jan 21 - @ PHI

Injuries:

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. SavardC Oct 9, 2016 IR Post-concussion syndrome
V. FiddlerLW Dec 27, 2016 IR Lower-body injury
J. MooreD Dec 31, 2016 IR Concussion
A. GreeneD Jan 3, 2017 IR Wrist
Y. AuvituD Jan 8, 2017 IR Lower-body injury
S. KalininC Jan 12, 2017 day-to-day Lower-body injur

New York Islanders

16-17-8, 40 pts  /  116GF/128GA  /  1-2 record last week

1/11/17
FLA: 2
NYI: 1

Panthers 2, Islanders 1: Florida returns to Brooklyn, exorcises demons at expense of Jiggs

1/13/17
NYI: 5
FLA: 2

Islanders 5, Panthers 2: Tavares’ hat trick leads Isles

1/14/17
NYI: 4
CAR: 7

Hurricanes 7, Islanders 4: Greiss bombarded for six goals in final two periods

Week Ahead:

Monday Jan 16 - @ BOS   *1 PM start time

Thursday Jan 19 - vs DAL

Saturday Jan 21 - vs LAK

Injuries:

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. GrabovskiC Sep 25, 2016 IR Concussion
T. HamonicD Jan 8, 2017 IR Lower-body injury

*Standings via ESPN as of 1/14/17
**Injuries via TSN as of 1/14/17
***Game of the week! The Pens will have a chance for some redemption against the Capitals on Monday when they come into the friendly confines of PPG Arena. The Capitals have had the Penguins number this year, beating them at every facet of the game so far. The Pens will be looking to get one back on them and gain some points in the playoff race. Also, Crosby is only 16 points away from 1,000. I'm betting if anyone could get 16 points in one game, this would be the one where it happens.