November has simply began and the Metropolitan Division is led by the Washington Capitals. They turned the primary crew within the division to crack the 20-point mark and proceed to look down on everybody else within the division. To that finish, they know there’s a new and rising risk from Nassau County. A risk that can’t be touched for the time being as a result of they’re simply too sizzling to cease.
Each Washington and the New York Islanders swept their week to be #1 and #2 within the division. Mathematically, the Isles might catch the Caps with their video games in hand. That must wait as everybody within the division has three video games developing on this week. The video games throughout the division are in daring and highlighted in yellow.
This coming Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday is the place the motion shall be as the opposite days of the week shall be sparse. Solely New Jersey shall be on the street for the entire week.
Let’s go over the week that was and the week that shall be for all eight groups within the Metropolitan Division.
The Washington Capitals proceed to reign within the Metropolitan Division as they swept one other week. It was simply two video games however wins are wins and the Caps earned each. Final Tuesday, they went into Toronto. It was a troublesome one however the Capitals pulled out a Four-Three extra time win thanks largely to Alex Ovechkin. He had a 4 level night time together with the equalizer that led to extra time and the extra time winner itself. Their second recreation of the week was final Friday at dwelling to Buffalo. This was not dramatic in any respect, Washington crushed Buffalo 6-1. The 2 wins had been sufficient to safe first within the division for this week’s snapshot.
Washington will host Calgary at present to additional enhance their maintain on the division. After a 3 day break, they’ll go to Florida on Thursday night time after which return again dwelling to host Vegas. The Caps enter this week with three straight wins and one of the best street document within the NHL at 7-1-1. Greater than anything, they only have to preserve the great occasions rolling. Offered the crew behind them cools off sooner or later.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders had been the most well liked crew within the NHL in final week’s snapshot. They nonetheless are. They received all three of their video games to increase their profitable streak to 9. They took down Philadelphia 5-Three final Sunday. In a back-to-back set with Tampa Bay at dwelling and Buffalo on the street, they ended it 5-2 and 1-Zero, respectively. As with quite a lot of groups on a profitable streak, it simply all goes their approach. Goaltending, scoring, protection, and possibly fairly a number of bounces. Sweeping final week plus Carolina’s slip up final night time was sufficient for them to tug into second place. If nothing else, they’ve jumped far forward of the center of the division in the intervening time with this run. Allow us to see if they’ll strain the Capitals and sustain (or forward) of the Hurricanes.
To do this, the Islanders must preserve the profitable moving into Brooklyn. All of their dwelling video games have been at Nassau. Nevertheless, they do nonetheless play some dwelling video games at Barclays Middle. As I perceive it, they’ll play their first one in Brooklyn on Tuesday after they host Ottawa. That may be a nice crew to get used to the house away from dwelling. They’ll keep there all week as they’ll host Pittsburgh on Thursday and Florida on Saturday at Barclays as nicely. If it seems poorly, then a minimum of they’ll return to Nassau subsequent week. All the identical, the crew is so sizzling that I might not count on a large sudden drop off. At the very least not anytime quickly.
The Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up a four-game dwelling stand with three video games on this previous week. It was virtually excellent for them. The Canes edged Calgary 2-1 final Tuesday. On Friday night time, they hosted hapless Detroit and smashed them in a 7-Three win. Their likelihood to brush the week would come final night time after they hosted New Jersey, who was winless of their final three and had not received a street recreation this season. The Hurricanes went up first, fell behind, got here again, fell behind once more, and – sure – stayed behind. Carolina misplaced to the Devils 5-Three of their constructing; their second regulation dwelling lack of the season and their first at dwelling since Columbus did it to them on October 12. A 2-1-Zero week continues to be fairly good and sufficient to have received the week. However the loss final night time plus the Isles’ continued profitable bumped them down to 3rd for the second.
Carolina is not going to on a street journey on this coming week however they are going to be away from Raleigh twice of their three video games developing. On Tuesday, the Canes will go to Philadelphia. I’m certain they want to bounce again with a end result throughout the division. If not then, they’ll maintain enterprise at dwelling on Thursday towards the New York Rangers. Carolina will finish their week in Kanata, Ontario after they go to Ottawa. That ought to a minimum of yield one win. Taking again second place for subsequent week’s snapshot is feasible – assuming the Isles’ streak ends sooner or later.
Pittsburgh had a possible of 4 factors to earn final week and so they took three. They certainly glad and happy their fanbase final Tuesday. They hosted their hated rivals, Philadelphia, and completely steamrolled them. The Penguins laid a smack down on the Flyers with a 7-1 win. After a while off, the Pens went again to work from home after they hosted Edmonton yesterday afternoon. Regardless of placing up 52 photographs on web, they might solely get one. Edmonton might additionally solely get one in regulation however scored a purpose in extra time for the win. Typically you simply run right into a supremely sizzling goaltending efficiency and the Penguins had been that crew on Saturday. Even with the 2-1 OT loss, it was a constructive week and sufficient for the Pens to remain forward of Philly and Columbus whereas additionally retaining somewhat near Carolina.
The Penguins could have two powerful street video games developing of their three-game week. They’ll go to Boston on Monday night time to tackle the present leaders of the Atlantic Division. Boston has but to lose in regulation at dwelling this season. Good luck to Pittsburgh. As famous earlier, the Pens will go to the Islanders in Brooklyn on Thursday. Pittsburgh will probably be hoping that the Isles lastly lose a recreation earlier than Thursday as to not run into actually the most well liked crew within the NHL. After these two, they’ll have a house recreation on Saturday with Chicago. Not that any crew is any straightforward opponent however it could be welcomed after these two.
The Philadelphia Flyers had been sort of all over on this previous week. They had been soundly crushed by the Islanders final Sunday, 5-Three. They had been embarrassed by Pittsburgh in a 7-1 loss. They saved face on Friday night time by ending one other (small) lead by New Jersey, forcing a shootout, and profitable mentioned shootout. They’d an opportunity to take one other win towards Toronto final night time. That recreation was additionally taken to a shootout and it went approach past the traditional three rounds. It went eleven rounds and Toronto received it, so the Flyers misplaced Four-Three in that one. Their back-to-back set supplied three out of 4 factors however that adopted two video games the place they earned nothing. Luckily for them, Columbus stumbled extra so the Flyers truly moved as much as fifth.
Philadelphia will attempt to get issues extra on monitor on this coming week. They’ll host Carolina on Tuesday, which can be a very good measuring stick recreation for them. A recreation the place the Flyers can see whether or not they can cling with one of many higher groups within the division. On Thursday, the Flyers will host Montreal and on Saturday, they’ll journey to Toronto. Maybe they’ll get some revenge on Saturday night time? Who is aware of with the Flyers. They’re proficient sufficient to compete with most groups however they don’t at all times get the outcomes individuals count on of them.
It was not a very good week for the Columbus Blue Jackets. By no means. Three days after struggling a 7-Four loss final Saturday, Columbus had three days to arrange for a house recreation towards Edmonton. It didn’t matter a lot as Edmonton bounced them and the Blue Jackets took a Four-1 loss. The Blue Jackets would a minimum of get a degree in a Four-Three extra time loss in St. Louis on Friday. Nevertheless, that was a recreation the place they led Three-1 and St. Louis clawed their approach again with two unanswered targets within the second interval and took the sport in extra time. Final night time, Columbus hosted Calgary and couldn’t rating a single purpose. The guests might and did so thrice. The Blue Jackets misplaced at dwelling Three-Zero to finish the week with one level earned out of a possible six. They fell to sixth and if they don’t seem to be cautious, they may very well be uncovered to the underside two groups sooner slightly than later.
Columbus might want to determine it out on this week of their three video games. They’ll host Vegas on Tuesday. That might be a very good night time to make some amends (and rating a purpose) at dwelling. After that night time, the Blue Jackets will go to Arizona on Thursday and Colorado on Saturday. Whereas it isn’t a part of a a lot bigger journey – it’s two out of three straight street video games and the third is in Montreal subsequent week – these usually are not straightforward video games. Particularly the Colorado recreation. It is not going to be a simple time for Columbus to carry onto their place, a lot much less problem Philly to maneuver up. Then once more, nobody ever mentioned it’s straightforward within the NHL.
New York Rangers
After ending final week with an enormous win at dwelling over Buffalo, one might surprise if it might result in higher leads to the close to future. The Rangers did have a a lot better week on this previous one. It definitely didn’t begin that approach. They hosted Boston final Sunday and the B’s dropped them onerous in a 7-Four loss for the Blueshirts. However the Rangers rebounded by including to the continued confused distress of Tampa Bay with a Four-1 win. Sure, the New York Rangers beat Tampa Bay Four-1 in regulation. That might not be their greatest feat. Final night time, they went to Nashville – a spot the place few groups have left with a win on this season. The Rangers greater than held their very own. They edged the Preds of their constructing with a 2-1 regulation win. The Rangers went 2-1-Zero on this previous week, they’ve video games in hand on everybody within the division, and they’re simply two behind Columbus. They might nonetheless be re-building however they’re able to keep away from the basement for a bit longer.
The Rangers will get to play three video games within the subsequent 5 days. On Monday, they’ll host Ottawa – a recreation the Isles might keep watch over since they’ll play Ottawa on the subsequent night time. The Rangers will get the division’s sole Wednesday recreation of the week after they host Detroit. That’s one other potential end result. On the very subsequent night time, they’ll go to Raleigh to play the Canes. That could be harder than Detroit and Ottawa. Nonetheless, the loss to Boston didn’t demoralize them and that may be a win for a crew that will not have a lot to play for later this season.
New Jersey Devils
As soon as once more, the Devils began this week off with day without work. They didn’t play final weekend and wouldn’t play till final Wednesday. They hosted Tampa Bay, who performed and misplaced the night time earlier than. The sport was loaded with targets. Sadly, the Devils constructed up a 5-Three lead within the third interval and misplaced that throughout the similar interval. Luckily, Kyle Palmieri accomplished a hat trick by scoring with seconds left in regulation to power extra time. Sadly, the Devils misplaced there for a ultimate rating of 7-6 and continued disappointment within the crew. On Friday, the Devils hosted their second rivals Philadelphia. The Devils didn’t construct up a big lead however did have two one-goal leads towards them. These had been additionally spoiled. The Devils didn’t lose in extra time however did lose in a shootout towards them for a Four-Three ultimate end result. Final night time, the Devils performed their street recreation since October 12 after they visited Carolina. The rating went forwards and backwards however a near-miracle occurred: the Devils went up Four-Three within the third interval and managed to carry onto it. Even higher, they scored an empty web purpose to seal the win at 5-Three. The Devils received their first street recreation of the season, they broke a three-game winless streak, and they’re now Three-1-2 of their final six. Whereas it was not accomplished ideally in any respect as they might have received all three video games outright, the Devils did a minimum of win the week within the standings by going 1-Zero-2 for 4 out of six factors earned.
Saturday’s recreation in Carolina was the primary of a 5 recreation street journey for the Devils. It was their solely recreation on the journey to be in America because the crew shall be enjoying in Canada till subsequent Sunday. These journeys are by no means straightforward for anybody and the groups concerned are hardly scrubs. The Devils will go to Winnipeg on Tuesday and hope for some revenge for the house opener. The Devils could have a back-to-back set in Alberta on Thursday and Friday; they’ll go to Calgary first after which go to Edmonton second. If the crew nonetheless has hopes of preventing for a playoff spot, then they should get some wins out of this week – irrespective of how onerous it could appear. Getting that first street win out of the best way is a step ahead. The Devils should preserve taking ahead steps. Good luck to them.
That closes the fifth Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot of the 2019-20 season. Washington stays atop of the division however might should be somewhat involved with the Islanders hotness and Carolina not being completely out of the image. After all, if Washington stays sizzling themselves, then it’s all moot. Pittsburgh is a bit forward of the others in the course of the division as Columbus is liable to falling in with the Rangers and Devils if they don’t flip it round quickly. Everybody has three video games developing however lots might change by subsequent week’s snapshot. What are your ideas on the Metropolitan Division? Who will lead the Metropolitan Division by subsequent week’s snapshot? Who has probably the most to show on this week developing? Will the Isles carry on profitable? Will the Devils attempt to pull themselves out of the basement for one more week? Please go away your solutions and different ideas concerning the eight groups within the division, what they did, and what’s developing for them within the feedback. Thanks for studying.