The “six” are bunching up. Three points separate six teams, and all have played 77 games, save for the
Today’s theme is “potholes,” and every one of these teams has some deep ones to get across if they are to survive . . .
The Rangers sit atop the “six” with 87 points, and they’ve had superb goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist (9-1-3 in his last 13 decisions leading up to the Montreal game), but he was shelled in his last outing (four goals on 15 shots in less than 30 minutes of work)...is that the first sign that he's running out of gas?
The Islanders, with 84 points/36 wins, are almost a "feel-good" story with the hijinks in the front office before the start of the year. But they're such a chippy team, it's hard to root for them. They have a game in hand on every club in front of them, but on the other hand they're likely to lose tiebreakers on the basis of wins (they have the fewest among the six).
Two games this weekend involve “four-point games” – games pitting two of the “six” against each other: