The top is up for grabs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, and the New York Islanders four points back. The surging New York Rangers are putting pressure on fourth-place Boston, but the Bruins have two games in hand and have six games against teams out of a playoff spot. The Rangers play their final six games against playoff-positioned teams, including two must-win games against the Bruins. The Penguins hope to have Evgeni Malkin back soon and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is day-to-day. The teams face each other twice next week in Pittsburgh.
That’s a question for the future though. For now they’re making the playoffs yet again and have a real chance to be crowned champions for the fourth time in the Crosby/Malkin era.
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"Now to have a weekend -- just spending a Saturday with my wife and kids -- not getting in at 3 a.m., just to go to practice the next day, not being told where we need to be, what we need to eat, what we need to do, what we need to wear, that freedom is going to be nice," Shaw said. "It's going to be nice for a year. And then? I don't know. I want to stay in hockey. I love this city [Chicago]. So hopefully you'll see me poke my head in whenever I can. Long-term, I'm not sure. Sometimes that's scary, but freedom is also nice."Detroit Red Wings
Points: 41 Regulation wins: 14 Playoff position: N/A Games left: 5 Next game: vs. BOS (May 3) Playoff chances: 0% Tragic number: EOttawa Senators
Will one of the Stars or Predators benefit if teams like the Hurricanes, Lightning, and Panthers decide to rest players down the stretch? By May 9 and 10, the Blackhawks might not have much more motivation than the Blue Jackets.Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs pose one of the best top-six groups on-paper in all of hockey, and the first line in particular has played up to the label.
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