Toronto Maple Leafs Crossing The Atlantic: Tampa Bay Still Rules The Division

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Jan 31, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center

Gustav Nyquist

(14) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the third period against the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

3rd Place: Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings have won 9 out of their last 11 games. Are you sensing a pattern here? If you want to be at the top of the Atlantic Division, you have be hot and stay hot.

Those who thought the days of the all-powerful Red Wings were over have clearly been proven wrong. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk still rule the roost, but young players like Gustav Nyqvist and Tomas Tatar are encroaching on their territory.

The Wings are missing Johan Franzen and Jakub Kindl, but they are also missing their starting goaltender, Jimmy Howard. How long can the Wings stay successful with their backup goalies until Howard can return?

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