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Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Week 26

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Your weekly dose of Metropolitan action!

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With only one week left in the regular season, the Washington Capitals look to be on their way to a third straight Metropolitan Championship Banner again this year. The Capitals, however, are not going to be bringing home the President’s Trophy as they have done the previous two years, for what it’s worth. That honor has gone to a Metro Division team for three years running, with the Rangers having won it three years ago. That run will come to an end this year, as it will now be headed to last year’s Western Conference Champion Nashville Predators, most likely. Boston could mathematically pass the Predators, but the Predators currently have 113 points to the Bruins 110. Boston does have a makeup game against the Panthers after the rest of the league has finished all their scheduled games. That could be an important game for the President’s Trophy.

It isn’t official, but all signs are pointing to five teams coming out of the Metro for the Stanley Cup Playoffs again this year. The Capitals have all but locked up the number one spot, while 2-4 are separated by only two points. Barring something unexpected, New Jersey will end up as the WC2 spot, and play in the Atlantic Division bracket for the Playoffs. Since the teams may not end up in the positions they are in today, I’ll break down each Metro team’s record against each other below. It’s a pretty small 4 game sample size spread across 6 months, but should give you a slight glimpse of how the teams stacked up against each other.

Penguins

vs WSH:

  • 2-2; 12 GF, 13 GA
  • 1-1 at home; 1-1 @ WSH

vs CBJ:

  • 3-0; 13 GF, 8 GA
  • 2-0 at home; 1-0 @ CBJ
  • one game remaining 4/5/18 @ CBJ

vs PHI:

  • 4-0; 20 GF, 11 GA
  • 2-0 at home; 2-0 @ PHI

vs NJD:

  • 1-2-1; 10 GF, 13 GA
  • 0-1-1 at home; 1-1 @ NJD

Capitals

vs PIT:

  • 2-2; 13 GF, 12 GA
  • 1-1 at home; 1-1 @ PIT

vs CBJ:

  • 3-1; 12 GF, 12 GA
  • 2-0 at home; 1-1 @ CBJ

vs PHI:

  • 1-2-1; 11 GF; 19 GA
  • 1-0-1 at home; 0-2 @ PHI

vs NJD:

  • 2-0-1; 13 GF, 8 GA
  • 1-0 at home; 1-0-1 @ NJD
  • one game remaining 4/7/18 @ NJD

Blue Jackets

vs WSH:

  • 1-3; 12 GF, 12 GA
  • 1-1 at home; 0-2 @ WSH

vs PIT:

  • 0-1-2; 8 GF, 13 GA
  • 0-1 at home; 0-0-2 @ PIT
  • one game remaining 4/5/18 @ CBJ

vs PHI:

  • 2-1-1; 9 GF, 8 GA
  • 1-0-1 at home; 1-1 @ PHI

vs NJD:

  • 3-1; 14 GF, 9 GA
  • 1-1 at home; 2-0 @ NJD

Flyers

vs WSH:

  • 3-1; 19 GF, 11 GA
  • 2-0 at home; 1-1 @ WSH

vs PIT:

  • 0-2-2; 11 GF, 20 GA
  • 0-2 at home; 0-0-2 @ PIT

vs CBJ:

  • 2-1-1; 8 GF, 9 GA
  • 1-1 at home; 1-0-1 @ CBJ

vs NJD:

  • 2-1-1; 15 GF, 13 GA
  • 1-0-1 at home; 1-1 @ NJD

Devils

vs WSH:

  • 1-2; 8 GF, 13 GA
  • 1-1 at home; 0-1 @ WSH
  • one game remaining 4/7/18 @ NJD

vs PIT:

  • 3-0-1; 13 GF, 10 GA
  • 1-0-1 at home; 2-0 @ PIT

vs CBJ:

  • 1-3; 9 GF, 14 GA
  • 0-2 at home; 1-1 @ CBJ

vs PHI:

  • 2-2; 13 GF, 15 GA
  • 1-1 at home; 1-1 @ PHI

As you can see, the Penguins have the best record against the Metro, struggling only against the Devils, who they likely won’t meet in the playoffs unless it’s in the ECF. Regular season success translates to very little come playoff time(just ask the Capitals), but is something that the Penguins will have in their favor heading into a 7 game series. The only thing that’s going to be a guaranteed in the Metro Playoffs, is that it’s going to be a bloodbath, and the best team will be the last one standing.

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(2)Pittsburgh Penguins

45-29-6, 96 pts; 263 GF (3rd in the NHL; 3rd last week) / 246 GA (22nd; 20th)
2-2 record last week

3/27/18
PIT: 2
DET: 5
Uninterested Pens slack off, lose

3/29/18
PIT: 4 OT
NJD: 3
When you’re Sidney Crosby you bat pucks out of the air for goals

3/31/18
MTL: 2
PIT: 5
12th straight playoff berth clinched

4/1/18
WSH: 3
PIT: 1
Washington wins game, division because they #3elieve too

Final Week Ahead:

Thursday April 5 - @ CBJ, 7 PM ET

Friday April 6 - vs OTT, 7:30 PM

Injuries:

  • 3/17/18, C Carter Rowney - Day-to-day; Upper-body injury
  • 3/27/18, C Derick Brassard - Day-to-day; Groin


(1)Washington Capitals

47-25-7, 101 pts; 247 GF (10th) / 230 GA (15th)
3-1 record last week

3/26/18
WSH: 4
NYR: 2

3/28/18
NYR: 2
WSH: 3 OT
An Overtime Doozy From Kuzy Tops New York 3-2

3/30/18
CAR: 4
WSH: 1
Caps Blow Fast Start, Get Storm Surged 4-1

4/1/18
WSH: 3
PIT: 1
Grubauer Dazzles, Stonewalls Pittsburgh for 3-1 Victory

Final Week Ahead:

Monday April 2 - @ STL, 8 PM

Thursday April 5 - vs NSH, 7 PM

Saturday April 7 - vs NJD, 7 PM

Injuries:

  • None


(3)Columbus Blue Jackets

44-29-6, 89 pts; 231 GF (16th; 19th) / 217 GA (9th)
2-0-1 record last week

3/27/18
CBJ: 7
EDM: 3
Burning the Midnight Oilers

3/29/18
CBJ: 5
CGY: 1
Another Hat Trick, Another Win

3/31/18
CBJ: 4
VAN: 5 OT
Blue Jackets at Canucks

Final Week Ahead:

Tuesday April 3 - vs DET, 7 PM

Thursday April 5 - vs PIT, 7 PM

Saturday April 6 - @ NSH, 8 PM

Injuries:

  • 3/21/18, C Lukas Sedlak - Day-to-day; Head
  • 3/24/18, LW Nick Foligno - Day-to-day; Lower-body injury
  • 3/31/18, D Markus Nutivaara - Day-to-day; Upper-body injury


(4)Philadelphia Flyers

40-25-14, 94 pts; 238 GF (13th) / 235 GA (16th; 18th)
2-0-1 record last week

3/27/18
PHI: 2
DAL: 3 OT
Another day, another Flyers overtime loss to a desperate team

3/28/18
PHI: 2
COL: 1
Flyers secure two huge points vs. Avalanche

4/1/18
BOS: 3
PHI: 4 OT
The Flyers did not get April fooled

Final Week Ahead:

Tuesday April 3 - @ NYI, 7 PM

Thursday April 5 - vs CAR, 7 PM

Saturday April 7 - vs NYR, 3 PM

Injuries:

  • 10/3/17, RW Colin McDonald - IR; Lower-body injury
  • 2/10/18, G Brian Elliott - IR; Core muscle surgery
  • 3/4/18, D Johnny Oduya - Day-to-day; Lower-body injury
  • 3/18/18, RW Michael Raffl - Day-to-day; Upper-body injury
  • 3/28/18, G Michal Neuvirth - Day-to-day; Lower-body injury


(5)New Jersey Devils

42-28-9, 93 pts; 238 GF (13th; 14th) / 236 GA (17th)
3-0-1 record last week

3/27/18
CAR: 3
NJD: 4
Noesen on the Rebound! New Jersey Devils Win with Dramatic Comeback Over Carolina Hurricanes

3/29/18
PIT: 4 OT
NJD: 3
New Jersey Devils Batted Down in Overtime Loss to Pittsburgh Penguins

3/31/18
NYI: 3
NJD: 4
New Jersey Devils Downed New York Islanders, 4-3, to Up Playoff Chances

4/1/18
NJD: 2
MTL: 1
Hall’s Shorthanded Goal Provided the Edge in New Jersey Devils 2-1 Win Over Montreal Canadiens

Final Week Ahead:

Tuesday April 3 - vs NYR, 7 PM

Thursday April 5 - vs TOR, 7 PM

Saturday April 6 - @ WSH, 7 PM

Injuries:

  • 1/23/18, LW Marcus Johansson - Day-to-day; Concussion


(6)Carolina Hurricanes

35-33-11, 81 pts; 220 GF (23rd; 24th) / 247 GA (23rd; 24th)
2-2 record last week

3/26/18
OTT: 1
CAR: 4
With help from Hurricanes, Charlotte Checkers top Ottawa Senators 4-1

3/27/18
CAR: 3
NJD: 4
Canes Blow Late Lead in Loss to Devils

3/30/18
CAR: 4
WSH: 1
Canes hold off Caps in 4-1 win

3/31/18
NYR: 2
CAR: 1
It’s over

Final Week Ahead:

Monday April 2 - @ FLA, 7:30 PM

Thursday April 5 - @ PHI, 7 PM

Saturday April 7 - vs TBL, 7 PM

Injuries:

  • 3/20/18, D Brett Pesce - Day-to-day; Shoulder
  • 3/20/18, C Victor Rask - Day-to-day; Shoulder
  • 4/1/18, D Justin Faulk - Day-to-day; Upper-body injury


(7)New York Rangers

34-36-9, 77 pts; 228 GF (18th; 17th) / 256 GA (28th; 25th)
1-2-1 record last week

3/26/18
WSH: 4
NYR: 2
The Kids Are Alright

3/28/18
NYR: 2
WSH: 3 OT
Rangers Fall to Capitals After Late Goal Against

3/30/18
TBL: 7
NYR: 3
Don’t Forget The Lights On The Way Out

3/31/18
NYR: 2
CAR: 1
Lundqvist Makes 40 Saves as Rangers Top Carolina 2-1

Final Week Ahead:

Tuesday April 3 - @ NJD, 7 PM

Thursday April 5 - @ NJD, 7 PM

Saturday April 7 - @ PHI, 3 PM

Injuries:

  • 1/18/18, D Kevin Shattenkirk - IR; Torn meniscus
  • 2/11/18, D Steven Kampfer - IR; Fractured hand
  • 3/12/18, D Tony DeAngelo - Day-to-day; Ankle
  • 3/30/18, C David Desharnais - Day-to-day; Wrist


(8)New York Islanders

32-37-10, 74 pts; 253 GF (8th; 7th) / 273 GA (31st)
1-3 record last week

3/26/18
FLA: 3
NYI: 0
Sure, okay

3/27/18
NYI: 4
OTT: 3
Rescued from a tank but not in a good way

3/30/18
TOR: 5
NYI: 4
This, too, was a hockey game

3/31/18
NYI: 3
NJD: 4
The tank rolls on

Final Week Ahead:

Tuesday April 3 - vs PHI, 7 PM

Thursday April 5 - vs NYR, 7 PM

Saturday April 7 - @ DET, 7 PM

Injuries:

  • 11/6/17, LW Nikolay Kulemin - IR; Upper-body injury
  • 12/16/17, D Calvin de Haan - IR; Upper-body injury
  • 1/18/18, LW Shane Prince - IR; Upper-body injury
  • 2/22/18, C Alan Quine - IR; Lower-body injury
  • 3/25/18, C Casey Cizikas - Day-to-day; Upper-body injury
  • 3/29/18, G Jaroslav Halak - Day-to-day; Illness
  • 3/29/18, RW Josh Bailey - Day-to-day; Upper-body injury
  • 3/31/18, RW Cal Clutterbuck - Day-to-day; Undisclosed injury


  • Standings via NHL.com as of 4/1/18
  • Injuries via TSN as of 4/1/18

Poll

Which Metropolitan team has been the most surprising, good or bad? Feel free to elaborate in the comments.

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Washington Capitals
    (7 votes)
  • 3%
    Pittsburgh Penguins
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Columbus Blue Jackets
    (2 votes)
  • 11%
    Philadelphia Flyers
    (11 votes)
  • 62%
    New Jersey Devils
    (62 votes)
  • 0%
    Carolina Hurricanes
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    New York Rangers
    (8 votes)
  • 7%
    New York Islanders
    (7 votes)
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