Written off in February, the Capitals seem poised to return to the playoffs as Southeast Division Champions. Winnipeg's chances are dwindling, but still alive. For the other three clubs and their fans, this is not the season they were looking for.
The Jets convert 3 wins this week into the 3rd seed in the East while the Canes' pair of losses drop them to 8th. Meanwhile the Lightning may be forced to concede the season, as the Capitals face a similar future. In Sunrise, yet another big injury.
The Canes continue their winning ways, and the Jets continue to push through. Meanwhile, both the Caps and Lightning struggle to find consistency and confidence to give them traction in the standings. Florida's injury woes continued.
The Lightning recaptured the top spot in the Southeast this week as the Hurricanes crumbled with three straight losses. The Capitals and Jets show they are not ready to quit, while the Cats languish. Plus a look at playoff odds and the week ahead.
The Hurricanes return victorious from a grueling road trip at the top of the Southeast, while the Capitals get three wins. The Jets, Cats and Bolts all struggled to earn points. Meanwhile key defensemen are dropping like flies.
With three of the teams on the road all week, the Lightning have lost 3 straight but still hang on to the top spot in the Division, while the Canes move into second with three gutsy performances from Cam Ward.
Only one team in the SE has established any momentum this season, as the Bolts looks to run away with the division in the early going. Plus a look at the week ahead, where roadtrips might determine the course for 3 Southern teams' seasons. .
The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken the early lead in the Southeast Division standings, while last year's Champs and this year's favorites are floundering. Meanwhile, Winnipeg and Carolina are finding their form with a couple solid wins as well.