There is another full slate of games tonight in the Eastern Conference as 10 teams will be looking to improve their position in the Eastern Conference as the league pushes hard into the Olympic Break that is coming up next week.
The top 3 teams in the Atlantic Division will be in action tonight as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, and Toronto Maple Leafs will all be participating in their respective games.
The Bruins will look to increase their lead over the Lightning while Tampa Bay looks to close the 3-point gap to first place. Toronto will look to close the 3-point gap to Tampa while also increasing their lead over the Montreal Canadiens who are just 2 points behind.
The New York Rangers, who sit in 2nd in the Metropolitan Division, is in action against the Colorado Avalanche. They will look to increase their second-place lead to 3 points with the win.
The Montreal Canadiens will take on the Calgary Flames in a game that could see Montreal jump into a tie with the Toronto Maple leafs for 3rd in the Atlantic with the win. They also hold a 2-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings who are second in the wild card race.
The Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, and Washington Capitals are 3 of 4 teams tied at 59 points in the wild card race and are all in action tonight. The Canes will face off against the Winnipeg Jets, the Sens will face the St. Louis Blues, and the Caps will play the Islanders. The Philadelphia Flyers sit in 3rd place in the wild card with 62 points.
Speaking of the New York Islanders, they will be trying to push back into playoff contention although it is a far journey ahead of them. They are currently at 50 points and are also hoping that the Florida Panthers lose to the Maple Leafs to keep them behind at 49 points.
Plenty of shifting can happen in the Eastern Conference standings tonight as the race to the playoffs has only just begun.
Standings courtesy of NHL.com.