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Your weekly dose of Metropolitan action!

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METROPOLITAN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10
Washington 64 44 13 7 95 43 1 5 27-5-1 17-8-6 210 135 +75 7-2-1
Columbus 63 40 17 6 86 38 2 1 23-9-1 17-8-5 202 149 +53 6-3-1
Pittsburgh 63 39 16 8 86 37 2 2 26-4-3 13-12-5 219 177 +42 5-3-2
NY Rangers 65 41 22 2 84 38 3 2 19-14-2 22-8-0 210 173 +37 5-4-1
NY Islanders 63 30 22 11 71 29 1 4 20-8-6 10-14-5 186 188 -2 6-3-1
Philadelphia 64 30 26 8 68 24 6 4 19-10-4 11-16-4 164 190 -26 4-5-1
New Jersey 64 25 27 12 62 22 3 2 13-12-6 12-15-6 147 184 -37 2-6-2
Carolina 61 25 26 10 60 23 2 5 18-10-2 7-16-8 153 179 -26 1-6-3

Now that the trading deadline has come and went, and the Penguins improved their defense by pulling a fast one on the Philadelphia Flyers, this season is finally coming down the front stretch. Wouldn't you know it, the Metro is still tight as ever, and impressive as it's been all season long. The Capitals are on a roll, they have now win 15 in a row at the Verizon Center. Dallas will be the next one up to see if they can put an end to that streak Monday night.

Speaking of home wins, the Penguins have an impressive record of 26-4-3 in the first year of the "PPG Paints Arena", only outdone - in wins, not points thanks to OTL - in the NHL by the aforementioned Capitals who have just won 15 in a row. On the contrary, the Penguins are the only team in the "Big 4" in the Metro with a poor road record. That's something that is very glaring, so I'm hoping that the Pens can buck that trend before the playoffs begin.

As for the Wild Card race, believe it or not, but the New York Islanders are now in sole possession of the second Wild Card position. In case you don't realize it, that makes it a clean sweep for the Metro in the playoffs if that is indeed the way it goes down. Of course, that means the Rangers would be the lucky team if they were to finish in the first position, as they would have to compete against the Atlantic Division, which looks to be the path of least resistance. On paper that is; there's no easy path to the Stanley Cup.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
WILD CARD GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10
NY Rangers 65 41 22 2 84 38 3 2 19-14-2 22-8-0 210 173 +37 5-4-1
NY Islanders 63 30 22 11 71 29 1 4 20-8-6 10-14-5 186 188 -2 6-3-1
Toronto 64 28 22 14 70 27 1 8 15-10-6 13-12-8 194 193 +1 3-4-3
Florida 64 29 24 11 69 25 4 6 15-14-3 14-10-8 160 178 -18 5-4-1
Tampa Bay 64 30 26 8 68 26 4 3 17-11-2 13-15-6 179 180 -1 6-2-2
Philadelphia 64 30 26 8 68 24 6 4 19-10-4 11-16-4 164 190 -26 4-5-1
Buffalo 65 27 26 12 66 26 1 6 16-11-6 11-15-6 163 186 -23 4-4-2
New Jersey 64 25 27 12 62 22 3 2 13-12-6 12-15-6 147 184 -37 2-6-2
Detroit 63 25 27 11 61 18 7 0 12-14-5 13-13-6 158 187 -29 3-6-1
Carolina 61 25 26 10 60 23 2 5 18-10-2 7-16-8 153 179 -26 1-6-3

Washington Capitals

44-13-7, 95 pts  /  210GF/135GA  /  3-0 record last week

2/28/17
WSH: 4
NYR: 1

Capitals vs. Rangers Recap: Second Period, Second Line Lifts Washington at MSG

3/2/17
NJD: 0
WSH: 1

Caps vs. Devils Recap: Vranamatopoeia Means 1-0 Victory

3/4/17
PHI: 1
WSH: 2 OT

Caps vs. Flyers Recap: No Time Like Overtime, Caps Win 2-1

Week Ahead:

Monday March 6 - vs DAL

Thursday March 9 - @ SJS

Saturday March 11 - @ LAK

Injuries:

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

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


Columbus Blue Jackets

40-17-6, 86 pts  /  202GF/149GA  /  2-1-1 record last week

2/26/17
CBJ: 5
NYR: 2

Recap: If We Can Make It There

2/28/17
CBJ: 0
MTL: 1 OT

Nothing to report, apparently.

3/2/17
MIN: 0
CBJ: 1

Recap: Immovable Objects

3/4/17
CBJ: 2
OTT: 3

Recap: Wolves Dismantle Monsters

Whoops, wrong league...

Week Ahead:

Sunday March 5 - @ NJD

Tuesday March 7 - vs NJD

Friday March 10 - vs BUF

Saturday March 11 - @ BUF

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


New York Rangers

41-22-2, 84 pts  / 210GF/173GA  /  1-2-1 record last week

2/26/17
CBJ: 5
NYR: 2

Blue Jackets Down Rangers 5-2 At Madison Square Garden

2/28/17
WSH: 4
NYR: 1

Nothing to report here, either.

3/2/17
NYR: 2
BOS: 1

Buchnevich, Lindberg Score In 2-1 Win Over Bruins

3/4/17
MTL: 4
NYR: 1

Rangers Struggle Against Montreal, Lose 4-1

Week Ahead:

Monday March 6 - @ TBL

Tuesday March 7 - @ FLA

Thursday March 9 - @ CAR

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
M. GrabnerRW Feb 28, 2017 day-to-day Hip
J. FastRW Feb 28, 2017 IR Separated shoulder


New York Islanders

30-22-11, 71 pts  /  186GF/188GA  /  1-0-1 record last week

3/2/17
NYI: 5
DAL: 4

Islanders 5, Stars 4: Offense reigns in Isles win

3/3/17
NYI: 1
CHI: 2 SO

Blackhawks 2*, Islanders 1 (*SO): Out of gas, saving a point

Week Ahead:

Sunday March 5 - @ CAL

Tuesday March 7 - @ EDM

Thursday March 9 - @ VAN

Saturday March 11 - @ STL

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


Philadelphia Flyers

30-26-8, 68 pts  /  164GF/190GA  /  2-0-1 record last week

2/28/17
COL: 0
PHI: 4

Flyers vs. Avalanche recap: Oh my goodness, they can actually score??

3/2/17
FLA: 1
PHI: 2 SO

Flyers vs. Panthers recap: New guy and the old guy team up to give the Flyers a shootout victory

3/4/17
PHI: 1
WAS: 2 OT

There seems to be a trend happening this week. Nothing from BSH.

Week Ahead:

Tuesday March 7 - @ BUF

Thursday March 9 - @ TOR

Saturday March 11 - @ BOS

Injuries:

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

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


New Jersey Devils

25-25-11, 61 pts  /  142GF/176GA  /  0-2-1 record last week

2/27/17
MTL: 4 OT
NJD: 3

New Jersey Devils Drop Another Game Late in Regulation in Overtime Loss to Montreal

3/2/17
NJD: 0
WSH: 1

New Jersey Devils Edged 0-1 by Washington Capitals in Low Shot Game

3/4/17
NJD: 2
BOS: 3

New Jersey Devils Winless in Six with 2-3 Loss to Boston Bruins

Week Ahead:

Sunday March 5 - vs CBJ

Tuesday March 7 - @ CBJ

Thursday March 9 - @ COL

Saturday March 11 - @ ARI

Injuries:

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. SavardC Oct 9, 2016 IR Post-concussion syndrome
P. ZachaC Feb 21, 2017 IR Concussion
J. JosefsonC Feb 28, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
M. CammalleriLW Mar 2, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
A. GreeneD Mar 3, 2017 day-to-day Personal reasons


Carolina Hurricanes

25-26-10, 60 pts  /  153GF/179GA  /  0-2-2 record last week

2/26/17
CGY: 3
CAR: 1

Recap: Calgary Flames down Carolina Hurricanes 3-1

2/28/17
CAR: 2
FLA: 3 SO

Recap: Hurricanes Rally, But Lose in a Shootout 3-2 to Panthers

3/1/17
CAR: 3
TBL: 4 OT

Carolina Hurricanes Surrender Third Period Lead, Fall to Tampa Bay Lightning in Overtime

3/3/17
ARI: 4
CAR: 2

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Carolina Hurricanes Outmatched Again in Loss to Coyotes

Week Ahead:

Sunday March 5 - @ ARI

Tuesday March 7 - @ COL

Thursday March 9 - vs NYR

Saturday March 11 - vs TOR

Injuries:

CAROLINA HURRICANES

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
B. McGinnLW Feb 28, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury


*Standings via ESPN as of 3/4/17
**Injuries via TSN as of 3/4/17