The Chicago Blackhawks have made a race out of the Central Division in the Western Conference. Winners of six straight, Chicago kept their hot streak alive on Friday night as they defeated the New York Islanders
The season is not over in the NHL, however, the trade deadline is approaching and teams are preparing for the home stretch. Players that haven't had the greatest season-to-date can still do plenty to improve their year-end totals.
The Montreal Canadiens parted ways with Michel Therrien on Tuesday and hired Claude Julien to replace him (NHL.com/Arpon Basu). The move is a case of history repeating itself: Julien is a former coach in Montreal
The Montreal Canadiens might be in a little more trouble in the Atlantic Division than what a first glance would suggest. Following Thursday's action, where Montreal lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1
In the Pacific Division, a big cushion has developed for the top three teams in comparison to the bottom four. That cushion makes the Edmonton Oilers look strong for the playoffs
Don't look now, but the Vancouver Canucks aren't actually dead in the water when it comes to the Pacific Division standings. Furthermore, the Toronto Maple Leafs have enjoyed some extended success