Crossing The NHL’s Atlantic Division: Week 17

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ and Columbus Blue Jackets’ current winning streaks are keeping the rest of the Eastern Conference on guard. The Leafs have won six in a row and are now tied with the Montreal Canadiens for third in the Atlantic Division (although the Habs hold the tiebreaker on regulation and overtime wins), while the Blue Jackets beat the powerhouse Los Angeles Kings for their seventh consecutive win and now sit in sole possession of the first wild card.

That means the Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals are all within a point of each other and fighting for the last playoff spot. These are crazy, crazy times in the Atlantic and the East.

For the second consecutive week, we’re missing two team reports for Crossing The Atlantic, this time the two Florida teams. For more on those two teams, check out Bolts By The Bay and The Rat Trick.

Let’s get caught up on the latest from each of the other five teams in the Atlantic.