The Toronto Maple Leafs started one of their tougher travel weeks of the season with a big win in Phoenix last night. The win is the team’s fifth in a row giving them their first winning streak of that length in more then seven years. The Leafs jumped out to an early lead and relied on stellar goaltending to hold on for the win over the Coyotes. Only 10 days after falling out of a playoff spot for the first time all season, the win gives the Leafs a cushion of five points over the second wildcard and pulls them within just two points of the third place Montreal Canadiens. [TSN.ca]
The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 4-1 decision to former divisional rival St. Louis last night to drop them out of a playoff spot. The more concerning loss however, is that of Jimmy Howard. The goaltender tweaked the same knee that caused him to miss a few weeks of action earlier in the season. If he is out for an extended period of time the Red Wings would be looking at missing the playoffs for the first time in more then two decades. [The Hockey News]
John Tortorella won’e be the only Vancouver Canuck missing Tuesday’s game in Edmonton. Team captain Henrik Sedin will sit out with a hand injury that has been lingering for a couple weeks. Tuesday will mark the first time in 679 games that Sedin will not be in the Canucks lineup, that is the second longest streak in the NHL. Jay Bouwmeester of St. Louis has been slightly ahead of Sedin for each of those 11 years. JBo is at 683 games and counting. [The Hockey News]
Aside from the historically hot Anaheim Ducks, no one is playing better then the Columbus Blue Jackets right now. Yahoo’s Puck Daddy Blog takes a look at the reasons why they are making this push up the Eastern conference standings.