1. Pittsburgh Penguins (29-10-0, 1st in East)
The Penguins are the best team in the NHL right now, I don’t think too many will argue with that. They lost two in a row to end their fantastic fifteen game winning streak, but got back into their winning ways winning in a shoot out thanks to new addition, Jussi Jolkinen’s winning shootout goal. Pittsburgh has made multiple moves the last couple weeks to solidify their line-up, and they’re looking as dangerous as ever, even without captain Sidney Crosby. Solid goaltending and a dangerous powerplay will help guide this team into the playoffs.
2. Chicago Blackhawks (28-5-4, 1st in West)
The Blackhawks are one of the leagues most dangerous teams. The penalty kill has been stellar all season. The Hawks average a league high 3.2 goals a game, and a league low 2.1 goals against a game. Lead by Patrick Kane‘s 44 points this season, the Hawks are set to win the Central Division, and if they can keep winning, they’ll take the entire Western Conference.
3. Montreal Canadiens (25-8-5, 2nd in East)
The Canadiens have won 4 of their last 5 and are in the leagues top teams amongst, goals, goals against, powerplay, and penalty kill. The Canadiens are a good all around team and should have no problem holding off the Bruins and winning the division, they currently are ahead by 3 points. The Canadiens are playing well and prove to be a hard team to bring down.
4. Anaheim Ducks (26-8-5, 2nd in West)
The Ducks just came off of a three game series with the Dallas Stars. Winning the first two before dropping the third, they had points in four straight games after coming off of a tough stretch in which they lost Corey Perry to a suspension and lost four straight games, two in a row to the Red Wings and then two in a row to the Sharks. It seems the Ducks may be back… For now.
5. Los Angeles Kings (22-13-4, 4th in West)
The Kings are second in the Pacific sitting behind only the Anaheim Ducks who are ahead of the Kings by 9 points. With the division seemingly out of reach the Kings are playing to get the last spot with home ice in the first round. The Kings have points in 7 of their last ten games, with a record of 5-3-2 in their last 10. The Kings offense has been key to the success this season. Scoring an average of 2.9 goals a game is 8th best in the NHL, and the powerplay has been good sitting at an even 20%. Jeff Carter is scoring again, he has 23 on the season now which is good enough for 3rd best in the NHL, and 5 goals in the last six games.
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