The New Jersey Devils have a day off today as they head to St. Louis to finish off their season series with the Blues tomorrow night. The Devils are coming off of a horrendous 7-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Yankee Stadium as a part of the Coors Lite Stadium Series.
The NHL Eastern Conference Standings grow tighter and tighter with each passing day. Tonight, there are 6 more teams in action to shuffle the standings. The only teams that seem secure in their position heading into the Olympic Break is the Buffalo Sabres in last in the East and the Pittsburgh Penguins who are first in the East.
Standings and stats courtesy of NHL.com.
Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders –
The Islanders (21-25-8) will play their last game before their trip to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday in the 3rd game of the Stadium Series this season. They will take on a Bruins (32-15-3) squad that is tied for first in the Atlantic Division at 67 points with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Bruins have won two straight and will take on an Islanders club that is 8th in the wild card standings but are only 4 points behind the 7th-place Washington Capitals and 7 points behind the second place Detroit Red Wings.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes –
The Blue Jackets (26-21-4) will look to keep pace with the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division in tonight’s game. After losing their first game in 9 tries, the Jackets will look to cut the deficit back to 1 with a win and also forge a lead in 3rd-place with the Flyers receiving the night off (both at 56 points).
The Hurricanes (23-19-9) have a chance to do what the Devils could not yesterday and jump into sole possession of 3rd place in the Metropolitan with the win. They are currently tied with the Devils at 55 points and stand in 4th in the wild card race.
Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh Penguins –
Remember when I said the only two secure in their spots was the best and the worst? Well, they play tonight in Pittsburgh. The Sabres (14-29-7) can pull within one point of the Edmonton Oilers for 2nd-worst in the NHL but that is just about it.
The Penguins (36-14-2) have 39 more points than the Sabres (which is more points than the Sabres have all season). There isn’t much more to be said about that.