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Your weekly dose of Metropolitan action!

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
METROPOLITAN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10
x - Washington 77 51 18 8 110 49 2 5 31-6-2 20-12-6 251 176 +75 7-2-1
x - Columbus 77 49 20 8 106 47 2 2 28-10-1 21-10-7 237 177 +60 6-2-2
x - Pittsburgh 77 47 19 11 105 43 4 5 29-6-4 18-13-7 263 219 +44 4-3-3
x - NY Rangers 78 46 26 6 98 43 3 4 19-16-4 27-10-2 248 210 +38 3-3-4
NY Islanders 77 36 29 12 84 34 2 4 21-12-7 15-17-5 224 235 -11 4-5-1
Carolina 77 35 28 14 84 33 2 5 23-11-5 12-17-9 202 217 -15 7-1-2
Philadelphia 78 38 32 8 84 31 7 4 24-11-4 14-21-4 209 225 -16 7-3-0
e - New Jersey 78 27 37 14 68 24 3 3 15-15-8 12-22-6 175 229 -54 2-6-2

In case you were in the dark all last week because of my NHL mandated 'bye week' and missed out on this weekly recap, I'm back and fully rested. Can't blame me if I'm slightly off my game, though. It's been well documented how much everyone has performed this year after our mandated in-season vacation. I know, hard to believe.

Okay, back to the Metro. Apparently, the Caps were just toying with the rest of the Metro for the last few weeks, as they've improved to a nice cushion with only 5 games left for the majority of the division. The Jackets - defying all critics still - have a one point lead over the third place Penguins, who look more like a preseason roster than NHL caliber one recently with all the players on the shelf. I know how impressive he's been, but when Justin Schultz is the clear cut #1 defenseman on the depth chart, it's going to show eventually. Meanwhile, the Rangers are enjoying themselves in fourth and putting all their scouts on the Atlantic Division, as the Rangers have all but locked up the WC1 position and will get out of playing against the Metro Division in the playoffs, unless they meet in the Conference Finals, of course. Unfortunately for the Rangers, it's probably going to be red hot Carey Price as their first round partner. Not like that's much of a consolation prize, but the Atlantic is certainly going to be the path of least most resistance.

As for the other Wild Card position, and likely opponent of the Capitals, as of now it is Boston's to lose. They have a four point lead over the Lightning, but the Lightning have a game in hand and some guy named Stamkos ready to make his long awaited return. Will it be enough for the Lightning to squeak into the playoffs? Only 10 more days until the Playoffs begin...

EASTERN CONFERENCE
WILD CARD GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10
NY Rangers 78 46 26 6 98 43 3 4 19-16-4 27-10-2 248 210 +38 3-3-4
Boston 78 42 30 6 90 40 2 2 22-16-0 20-14-6 225 205 +20 6-4-0
Tampa Bay 77 38 29 10 86 34 4 3 21-14-4 17-15-6 216 215 +1 6-3-1
NY Islanders 77 36 29 12 84 34 2 4 21-12-7 15-17-5 224 235 -11 4-5-1
Carolina 77 35 28 14 84 33 2 5 23-11-5 12-17-9 202 217 -15 7-1-2
Philadelphia 78 38 32 8 84 31 7 4 24-11-4 14-21-4 209 225 -16 7-3-0

*Ottawa and Toronto are tied for 2nd in the Atlantic Conference with 91 points each.


Washington Capitals

51-18-8, 110 pts  /  251GF/176GA  /  2-1 record last week


3/28/17
WSH: 5 OT
MIN: 4

Caps vs. Wild Recap: Ovechkin Hat Trick Tips Caps in OT 5-4

3/29/17
WSH: 5
COL: 2

Capitals vs. Avalanche Recap: Marcus Johansson Helps Topple Avalanche

3/31/17
WSH: 3
ARI: 6

Capitals vs. Coyotes Recap: Despair in the Desert as Caps lose, 6-3


Week Ahead:

Sunday April 2 - @ CBJ

Tuesday April 4 - @ TOR

Wednesday April 5 - vs NYR

Saturday April 8 - @ BOS

Sunday April 9 - vs FLA


Injuries:

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
A. Ovechkin, LW April 1, 2017 IR Broken Humerus


Columbus Blue Jackets

49-20-8, 106 pts  /  237GF/177GA  /  1-1-1 record last week


3/28/17
BUF: 1
CBJ: 3

Recap: Sabres at Blue Jackets

3/30/17
CBJ: 1
CAR: 2 OT

Game Recap: Jackets fall to Canes in OT, 2-1

3/31/17
CBJ: 1
CHI: 3

Recap: Improved Effort, Decreased Result


Week Ahead:

Sunday April 2 - vs WSH

Tuesday April 4 - @ PIT***

Thursday April 6 - vs WPG

Saturday April 8 - @ PHI

Sunday April 9 - @ TOR


Injuries:

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
D. ClarksonRW Sep 20, 2016 IR Back
R. MurrayD Mar 11, 2017 day-to-day Broken hand
O. BjorkstrandRW Mar 22, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
L. SedlakC Mar 31, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury


New York Rangers

46-26-6, 98 pts  / 248GF/210GA  /  0-1-2 record last week


3/26/17
NYR: 3
ANA: 6

Rangers Fall To Ducks After Third Period Collapse

3/28/17
NYR: 4
SJS: 5 OT

Rangers Get A Thumping Out West

3/31/17
PIT: 4 SO
NYR: 3

"These games don't matter."

BONUS! Pensburgh coverage:
Penguins/Rangers Recap: Sid, Phil power Pittsburgh to shootout win


Week Ahead:

Sunday April 2 - vs PHI

Wednesday April 5 - @ WSH

Saturday April 8 - @ OTT

Sunday April 9 - vs PIT - last game of the year for Pittsburgh and NYR


Injuries:

NEW YORK RANGERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
R. McDonaghD Mar 29, 2017 day-to-day Undisclosed injury


New York Islanders

36-29-12, 84 pts  /  224GF/235GA  /  1-2 record last week


3/27/17
NSH: 3
NYI: 1

Predators down Islanders 3 [EN] to 1

3/30/17
NYI: 3
PHI: 6

Flyers 6*, Islanders 3 (*EN): Five goal first for Philly likely sinks Isles season

3/31/17
NJD: 1
NYI: 2

Islanders 2, Devils 1: John Tavares injured


Week Ahead:

Sunday April 2 - @ BUF

Tuesday April 4 - @ NSH

Thursday April 6 - @ CAR

Saturday April 8 - @ NJD

Sunday April 9 - vs OTT


Injuries:

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. GrabovskiC Sep 25, 2016 IR Concussion
R. StromeRW Mar 22, 2017 day-to-day Broken wrist
N. KuleminLW Mar 24, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
T. HamonicD Mar 30, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
J. TavaresC Mar 31, 2017 day-to-day Hamstring


Carolina Hurricanes

35-28-14, 84 pts  /  202GF/217GA  /  2-1-1 record last week


3/27/17
DET: 4 OT 
CAR: 3

Recap and Rank Em: Hurricanes’ Point Streak Hits 11 in Overtime Loss to Red Wings

3/28/17
DET: 1
CAR: 4

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Hurricanes Avenge OT Loss with 4-1 Win Over Detroit

3/30/17
CBJ: 1
CAR: 2 OT

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Hanifin Lifts Hurricanes over Jackets, 2-1 in OT

4/1/17
DAL: 3
CAR: 0

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Carolina Hurricanes Fall Flat Against Dallas Stars, Lose 3-0


Week Ahead:

Sunday April 2 - @ PIT

Tuesday April 4 - @ MIN

Thursday April 6 - vs NYI

Saturday April 8 - vs STL

Sunday April 9 - @ PHI


Injuries:

CAROLINA HURRICANES

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
J. McClementC Mar 14, 2017 day-to-day Lower-body injury
R. MurphyD Mar 27, 2017 day-to-day Lower-body injury


Philadelphia Flyers

38-32-8, 84 pts  /  209GF/225GA  /  4-0 record last week


3/26/17
PHI: 6
PIT: 2

Flyers at Penguins recap: Flyers roll over shorthanded Pens in rout

BONUS! Pensburgh coverage!
Pens/Flyers Recap: Meh

3/28/17
OTT: 2
PHI: 3 SO

Flyers vs. Senators recap: Weal, Ghost power Flyers to shootout win

3/30/17
NYI: 3
PHI: 6

Flyers vs. Islanders recap: Flyers score five in the first period en route to victory

4/1/17
NJD: 0
PHI: 3

Flyers vs. Devils recap: Flyers ... win? Against the Devils?


Week Ahead:

Sunday April 2 - @ NYR

Tuesday April 4 - @ NJD

Saturday April 8 - vs CBJ

Sunday April 9 - vs CAR


Injuries:

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

PLAYER DATE STATUS DESCRIPTION
M. RafflLW Feb 28, 2017 IR Lower-body injury
N. CousinsC Mar 15, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
M. ReadRW Mar 30, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury
M. NeuvirthG Mar 31, 2017 day-to-day Undisclosed injury
S. MasonG Mar 31, 2017 day-to-day Illness


New Jersey Devils

27-37-14, 68 pts  /  175GF/229GA  /  0-2-2 record last week


3/26/17
DAL: 2 OT
NJD: 1

Devils Downed by Dallas 2-1 in OT

3/28/17
WPG: 4 SO
NJD: 3

More Disappointment: New Jersey Devils Fall 3-4 to Winnipeg Jets in Shootout

3/31/17
NJD: 1
NYI: 2

New Jersey Devils Called for 11 Penalties, Lose by 1 to New York Islanders

4/1/17
NJD: 0
PHI: 3

Shut Out & Downed: New Jersey Devils Blanked by Philadelphia Flyers


Week Ahead:

Tuesday April 4 - vs PHI

Thursday April 6 - vs PIT

Saturday April 8 - vs NYI

Sunday April 9 - @ DET


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
D. Smith-PellyRW Mar 9, 2017 day-to-day Lower-body injury
T. SestitoC Mar 20, 2017 day-to-day Upper-body injury

*Standings via ESPN as of 4/1/17
**Injuries via TSN as of 4/1/17
***Game of the week! With the Capitals having a 4 point lead with 5 games left, the only thing left to be sorted out in the Metro essentially is the 2/3 positioning. The Penguins and Jackets meet for the final time of the year this week, and the winner may just be the decider of home ice in the first round. Just look at the standings above to see the significance of that.