It is getting down to the final few weeks of the NHL regular season and unless the Canucks or Flames make an improbable run we may have our final four in the North Division set. Let’s see where I rank the seven Canadian teams this week.
The Flames once again fall back into my basement. They needed a big week and they didn’t get it. It will be near impossible for the Flames to get into a playoff spot. They should be calling up some of their prospects and getting them some NHL action and looking ahead to next year because it is over.
The Sens had a pretty good week and continue to be tough to play against. Ottawa might not make it out of the actual basement but have made it a lot closer than it looked like it was going to be at the start of the season. This team has a bright future with all their young studs who have gotten better as the season went on.
The Canucks returned from a long break due to COVID with a couple of huge wins against the Leafs. Vancouver is the only team in my opinion with an outside shot at catching the Habs and getting into the playoffs. They are eight points back of Montreal with four games in hand. We will see if they can play a bunch of games in a short amount of time and make up some points on the Canadiens.
Montreal had a tough week. They continue to allow the door to stay open for the teams outside the playoffs. The Habs have a huge game against Edmonton tonight and it is basically a must-win as they head towards a massive back-to-back with the Flames this weekend. Montreal has to find a way to score some goals and beat Edmonton tonight.
The top three spots are all almost interchangeable right now. If the Jets wouldn’t have been shut out by the Oilers this week they would have been in the top spot. It is getting tight at the top.
It was a rough week for the Leafs who looked almost disinterested in their two losses to the Canucks. A once seemingly insurmountable lead at the top of the division has become close due mostly to some brutal goaltending the last week. We will see if one of their goalies can figure it out this week.
1.Edmonton Oilers: 27-15-2 Overall (2-0-0 In The Last Week) (+1)
The Oilers had just two games this week but played really well in a 3-0 win over the Jets and a 4-1 win over the Habs. They Oilers need another big game tonight against Montreal to pull even closer to top spot in the North.
This week could determine North division standings or make it even tighter. There is some huge games on the schedule. I can’t wait to see this week play out starting with a big battle between the Oilers and Habs tonight. Thanks for reading!