Feb 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; St Louis Blues centerPaul Stastny
(26) slides on the ice after a check from Columbus Blue Jackets right wingCorey Tropp
(26) during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus defeated St Louis 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
#5: St. Louis Blues: 34-15-4
Though they looked to be heating up after going 7-2-1 in their last 10, the Blues have lost their last two games, dropping one to the Chicago Blackhawks at home on Sunday after being gutted by the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-1 on Friday. With a less-than-favourable schedule ahead of them, the Blues have to hope those two losses don’t come back to haunt them.
#4: Detroit Red Wings: 31-12-9
Good times are on tap in Hockeytown, as the Red Wings look to extend their winning streak to four games when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow. With a crucial game in the hotly-contested Atlantic Division against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday the 16th, the Red Wings are going to need some more solid goaltending from Jonas Gustavsson and Petr Mrazek to stay in the hunt.
#3: Tampa Bay Lightning: 34-16-5
The Lightning are in the midst of a tough, tough schedule, with upcoming games against the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues after splitting a home back-to-back against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks over the weekend. Cue Andrei Vasilevskiy’s time in Tampa Bay, as Evgeni Nabokov was sent away to San Jose to retire as a Shark on Monday.
#2: Anaheim Ducks: 34-13-7
The Ducks dropped their last two games, and still have another two on the road before they can return to the friendly confines of the Honda Center. With Frederik Andersen listed as day-to-day after the net fell on his head on Sunday, the responsibility will be shifted to Ilya Bryzgalov for the time being. In other news, Ryan Getzlaf isn’t sure what to make of his 200th career goal; though he finally has some closure after a lengthy video review on the play.
#1: Nashville Predators: 35-12-6
The Predators continue to pace the West, the Central Division, and the entire NHL, though that gap is as narrow as ever. However, their biggest lead also happens to be in the only category that matters, as they hold a 4-point advantage in the Central Division standings. Filip Forsberg is one goal away from becoming the franchises’ most offensive rookie, after some big goals over the weekend.
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