The weekend was a a time to watch other teams in the Metropolitan Division to see if any of them could knock the Washington Capitals out of first place. Thankfully, with a win on Sunday over the Philadelphia Flyers, the Caps remain in the lead.
Standings for Monday morning for the Eastern Conference look like this:
The Lightning are the Presidents’ Trophy winner and will have the best advantage going into the playoffs. The Capitals want the home ice advantage when the playoffs begin. So do the Islanders and the Penguins. The Bruins are the only team, other than the Isles, to clinch their spot in the playoffs. The remaining teams will be exciting to watch as each game builds up to a decision regarding eligibility to make it to the big race and rankings in the race.
Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, their rankings in this final run up are a bit less topsy turvy. The Jets, Flames, and Sharks have all clinched their spots. The Golden Knights will most likely be back in the playoffs, although not positioned as strongly as they were last season. It will be fun to watch to see who ends up with the wild card spots here.
If things remain unchanged, the Capitals will play the Hurricanes in the first round. The Lightning would play the Canadiens. There is lots of good hockey watching before the 10 April start of the playoffs.