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Your weekly dose of Metropolitan action!

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
METROPOLITAN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10
Washington 67 44 16 7 95 43 1 5 27-6-1 17-10-6 216 147 +69 5-5-0
Pittsburgh 67 43 16 8 94 40 3 2 27-4-3 16-12-5 236 186 +50 7-3-0
Columbus 67 43 18 6 92 41 2 1 25-9-1 18-9-5 214 157 +57 6-3-1
NY Rangers 68 43 23 2 88 40 3 2 19-14-2 24-9-0 219 179 +40 5-4-1
NY Islanders 67 32 24 11 75 31 1 4 20-8-6 12-16-5 199 201 -2 6-3-1
Philadelphia 67 31 28 8 70 25 6 4 19-10-4 12-18-4 173 199 -26 4-5-1
Carolina 65 27 27 11 65 25 2 5 19-10-3 8-17-8 162 189 -27 3-4-3
New Jersey 68 25 31 12 62 22 3 2 13-13-6 12-18-6 153 197 -44 0-8-2

This was a weird week for the Metropolitan Division, especially Saturday. Every Metro team came up empty Saturday, excluding the Penguins - winners of 5 straight. Every other team in the division is currently on a losing streak. There were also no significant inter-divisional games, and the Penguins and Capitals were both out west, where the Penguins finally got a chance to make up ground on the recently struggling Capitals - losers of three in a row. The Dallas Stars also came in to the Verizon Center and ended the Caps franchise best 15 game home win streak. Tough week in DC as this is the first time the Capitals have three consecutive regulation losses in just 2 years - Feb 22-25, 2015.

With the Penguins winning all three of the Western Canada trip so far, the Penguins and Capitals both finished Saturday with 67 games played and only one point separating the two teams. The Pens finish this trip out west on Monday vs Calgary, then wrap up the 5 game road trip in Philly on Wednesday. They return to PPG on Friday vs the New Jersey Devils. Meanwhile, the Caps wrap up a California road trip in Anaheim this Sunday night, then return home for two games against Minnesota and Nashville on Tuesday and Thursday before playing Saturday night in Tampa.

In case you were wondering, the Pens and Capitals have no more games scheduled for the regular season. The Penguins will play the Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh one more time on April 4th. The Penguins and Rangers will meet two more times this season - at MSG on March 31st, and then again on the last day of the regular season for both teams in NYC.

The Capitals play the Jackets two more times - in DC on March 23rd and then in Columbus on April 2nd. The Capitals and Rangers only play one more time this regular season - in DC on April 5th, the back end of a back-to-back in Toronto the day before.

Plenty of things to sort out between now and then, so be sure to check in next week as there are only 4 weeks left in the 2016-17 campaign!


EASTERN CONFERENCE
WILD CARD GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10
NY Rangers 68 43 23 2 88 40 3 2 19-14-2 24-9-0 219 179 +40 5-4-1
Toronto 67 31 22 14 76 30 1 8 17-10-6 14-12-8 204 199 +5 5-2-3
NY Islanders 67 32 24 11 75 31 1 4 20-8-6 12-16-5 199 201 -2 6-3-1
Tampa Bay 67 32 26 9 73 28 4 3 19-11-3 13-15-6 186 184 +2 7-2-1
Philadelphia 67 31 28 8 70 25 6 4 19-10-4 12-18-4 173 199 -26 4-5-1
Florida 67 29 27 11 69 25 4 6 15-16-3 14-11-8 168 193 -25 2-7-1
Buffalo 69 28 29 12 68 27 1 6 17-12-6 11-17-6 177 203 -26 2-6-2


Washington Capitals

44-16-7, 95 pts  /  216GF/147GA  /  0-3 record last week


3/6/17
DAL: 4
WSH: 2

Caps vs. Stars Recap: Curse a Streak, Caps Fall 4-2

3/9/17
WSH: 2
SJS: 4

Capitals vs. Sharks Recap: The Curse Continues as Caps Fall 4-2

3/11/17
WSH: 2
LA: 4

Capitals vs. Kings Recap: Caps Drop Another in California


Week Ahead:

Sunday March 12 - @ ANA

Tuesday March 14 - vs MIN

Thursday March 16 - vs NSH

Saturday March 18 - @ TBL


Injuries:

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
A. BurakovskyLW Feb 9, 2017 IR Hand


Columbus Blue Jackets

43-18-6, 92 pts  /  214GF/157GA  /  3-1 record last week


3/5/17
CBJ: 3
NJD: 0

Recap: Sunday Drivers

3/7/17
NJD: 0
CBJ: 2

Recap: Bob Does It Again, Jackets Beat Devils 2-0

3/10/17
BUF: 3
CBJ: 4

Recap: Jackets survive Sabres, 4-3

3/11/17
CBJ: 3
BUF: 5

Quick Takes: Jackets give one away


Week Ahead:

Monday March 13 - @ PHI

Thursday March 16 - vs FLA

Saturday March 18 - @ NYI


Injuries:

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
D. ClarksonRW Sep 20, 2016 IR Back
L. SedlakC Feb 17, 2017 IR Lower-body injury
M. CalvertLW Feb 23, 2017 IR Strained oblique
J. AndersonRW Mar 5, 2017 day-to-day Lower-body injury
R. MurrayD Mar 11, 2017 day-to-day Hand


New York Rangers

43-21-2, 88 pts  / 219GF/179GA  /  2-1 record last week


3/6/17
NYR: 1 OT
TBL: 0

Zibanejad’s Overtime Winner Tops Lightning 1-0

3/7/17
NYR: 5
FLA: 2

Rangers Vs. Panthers: The Actual Glass Effect

3/9/17
NYR: 3
CAR: 4

Rangers Blow Third Period Lead, And Fall To Carolina 4-3


Worth reading:

Henrik Lundqvist Out 2-3 Weeks, Hellberg Recalled on Emergency Basis

Glass’ road back to the Rangers


Week Ahead:

Sunday March 12 - @ DET

Monday March 13 - vs TBL

Friday March 17 - vs FLA

Saturday March 18 - @ MIN


Injuries:

NEW YORK RANGERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
K. KleinD Feb 22, 2017 day-to-day Back spasms
D. GirardiD Feb 27, 2017 IR Ankle
J. FastRW Feb 28, 2017 IR Separated shoulder
M. GrabnerRW Feb 28, 2017 day-to-day Hip
H. LundqvistG Mar 8, 2017 day-to-day Hip
R. NashRW Mar 8, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury


New York Islanders

32-24-11, 75 pts  /  199GF/201GA  /  2-2 record last week


3/5/17
NYI: 2
CAL: 5

Flames 5, Islanders 2: Third-degree burns

3/7/17
NYI: 4
EDM: 1

Islanders 4, Oilers 1 (EN): Ho-Sang’s first NHL goal leads Isles

3/9/17
NYI: 4 OT
VAN: 3

Islanders 4, Canucks 3 (OT): Ladd secures the win

3/11/17
NYI: 3
STL: 4

Blues 4, Islanders 3: Isles’ third period comeback falls short


Worth Reading:

(Satire)Zeitgeist: NHL to permanently retire No. 66 in honor of Josh Ho-Sang


Week Ahead:

Monday March 13 - vs CAR

Tuesday March 14 - @ CAR

Thursday March 16 - vs WPG

Saturday March 18 - vs CBJ


Injuries:

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. GrabovskiC Sep 25, 2016 IR Concussion
C. CizikasC Feb 21, 2017 IR Hand
A. QuineC Feb 26, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
J. BoychukD Mar 3, 2017 day-to-day Foot
S. PrinceLW Mar 7, 2017 day-to-day Leg


Philadelphia Flyers

31-28-8, 70 pts  /  173GF/199GA  /  1-2 record last week


3/7/17
PHI: 6
BUF: 3

Flyers at Sabres recap: Flyers score several hockey goals against five defenders, win game

3/9/17
PHI: 2
TOR: 4

Flyers at Leafs recap: Flyers slip further in standings with loss in Toronto

3/11/17
PHI: 1
BOS: 2

Flyers vs. Bruins recap: Bruins win with buzzer beater because they are better than the Flyers


Week Ahead:

Monday March 13 - vs CBJ

Wednesday March 15 - vs PIT***

Thursday March 16 - @ NJD


Injuries:

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. RafflLW Feb 28, 2017 IR Lower-body injur


Carolina Hurricanes

27-27-11, 65 pts  /  162GF/189GA  /  2-1-1 record last week


3/5/17
CAR: 2
ARI: 1

Eddie Lack Makes Timely Saves in Hurricanes’ 2-1 Win Over Coyotes

3/7/17
CAR: 1
COL: 3

Recap: Avalanche Get the Best of the Hurricanes Again in a 3-1 Win

3/9/17
NYR: 3
CAR: 4

Recap: Power Play Lifts Hurricanes over Rangers

3/11/17
TOR: 3 OT
CAR: 2

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Maple Leafs Top Hurricanes in Overtime, 3-2


Week Ahead:

Monday March 13 - @ NYI

Tuesday March 14 - vs NYI

Thursday March 16 - vs MIN

Saturday March 18 - vs NSH


Injuries:

CAROLINA HURRICANES

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
B. McGinnLW Feb 28, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
P. Di GiuseppeLW Mar 5, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury


New Jersey Devils

25-31-12, 62 pts  /  153GF/197GA  /  0-4 record last week (0-8-2 in last 10)


3/5/17
CBJ: 3
NJD: 0

Dreary New Jersey Devils Shut Out by Columbus Blue Jackets

3/7/17
NJD: 0
CBJ: 2

New Jersey Devils Shut Out Again by Sergei Bobrovsky & Columbus Blue Jackets

3/9/17
NJD: 2
COL: 3

Nine Winless Games: New Jersey Devils Edged Late by Colorado Avalanche

3/11/17
NJD: 4
ARI: 5

Ten Straight Losses: New Jersey Devils Fell Short to Arizona Coyotes, 4-5


Week Ahead:

Tuesday March 14 - vs WPG

Thursday March 16 - vs PHI

Friday March 17 - @ PIT (St. Patty's Day Special!)


Injuries:

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. SavardC Oct 9, 2016 IR Post-concussion syndrome
J. JosefsonC Feb 28, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
M. CammalleriLW Mar 2, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
T. ZajacC Mar 9, 2017 day-to-day Personal reasons

*Standings via ESPN as of 3/11/17
**Injuries via TSN as of 3/11/17
***Game of the week! It's another classic Philadelphia and Pittsburgh match up! It's the first time these two teams will since the Pens laid the smack down on the Flyers in the Stadium Series game. Always a fun match up when these two teams meet, this game should be no different.