Feb 9, 2015; San Jose, CA, USA; Calgary Flames right wingDavid Jones
(19) celebrates with teammates after being credited with an empty net goal against San Jose Sharks during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The Calgary Flames defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
#15: Calgary Flames: 30-21-3
The Flames are streaking, and have now lost only three of their last 12 games. They’ll need to continue that level of play over the next week, as they visit the Kings before welcoming the Canucks, Bruins, Wild, and Ducks on a four-game homestand. With Minnesota on their tail, the battle for the West’s Wild Cards will be one to watch.
#14: Minnesota Wild: 26-20-6
The Wild make the biggest jump of the week, and with a 6-game winning streak, it is no wonder. Minnesota seems far removed from the team that faced Mike Yeo’s wrath at practice just a month ago, and the Wild Card positions are well within reach.
#13: Winnipeg Jets: 27-18-10
The Jets seemed to fall off the rails in the midst of their 6-game losing streak, but it came to an end at home on Sunday with an impressive victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Overshadowing the Jets’ on-ice performance, however, is Evander Kane. From track suits, to showers, to the Injured Reserve, and now trade conversation, it’s more off-ice drama the Jets really don’t need at this crucial time.
#12: Boston Bruins: 28-18-7
The Bruins have won three of their last five, which is okay, but won’t cut it if they’re looking for a divisional playoff spot. After the Montreal Canadiens swept their season series with regulation wins for the first time in 70 years, the Bruins better hope they don’t draw their old rivals come post-season time.
#11: Washington Capitals: 28-16-10
The Caps are in danger of falling out of the Divisional playoff picture for now, after a mediocre 4-4-2 record in their last 10 games, with the most games played in their entire division. With the New York Rangers just one point behind them with three games in hand, it looks like the Capitals will have to fight their way back out of the Wild Card and into a Metropolitan Division spot over the next few weeks.