The Montreal Canadiens are into the playoffs as the Atlantic Division champions. Heading into Saturday, they had a meaningless game against the Detroit Red Wings, one that the Habs were actually considered underdogs
The Washington Capitals cannot be caught in the Metropolitan Division standings. On Wednesday night Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, and all shut out the New York Rangers 2-0 in a game that came from the Verizon Center.
The 2018 Winter Olympics, to be held in South Korea, are less than one year away from starting (February 9th, 2018). However, they were dealt a bit of a blow on Monday as the NHL indicated its players will not be participating
Thursday night was an excellent one in the NHL if you are a fan of the Edmonton Oilers. Not only did they defeat one of their divisional antagonists in the San Jose Sharks 3-2, a result that moves Edmonton into 2nd place
Last year saw the Canadian-based franchises in the NHL shut out of the playoffs. At the time, I felt that it was partly due to bad luck as both the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers had major injuries
At this point the Hart Memorial Trophy looks like it will go to either Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid. The scoring race is very close at this point and whoever wins it should definitely earn some extra points with the voters.
The San Jose Sharks were sitting pretty for a long time this NHL season, but their lead is winnowing down giving the Edmonton Oilers a chance to take a bite out of it.