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Lightning strike into third place

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: February 12, 2020, 3:50 pm ET

It’s interesting to see how teams are doing in the shootout. I was shocked to see that Boston was 0-7 this season while the team chasing them, the Tampa Bay Lightning are a perfect 2-0 (I was not shocked by the Lightning’s record).

Teams can make or break their chances to reach the playoffs by their results in the shootout. Fortunately for Boston, they are so good when not playing after 65 minutes (34-11-5) they do not have to worry about their lack of success in the shootout, but it could cost them first place in the Atlantic Division.

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1. Washington

Record: 36-14-5 (1-1-0)

(Last Week -1)

The Capitals beat Los Angeles and were humiliated by Philadelphia to the tune of 7-2. The Capitals take on the New York Islanders, Colorado and Arizona this week. Washington is 3-2 in shootouts.

2. Boston 

Record: 34-11-12 (3-1-0)

(Last Week -2)

The Bruins knocked off Vancouver, Chicago and Arizona but lost to Detroit. Boston plays Montreal, Detroit and the New York Rangers. The Bruins are 0-7 in shootouts this season.

3. Tampa Bay

Record: 35-15-5 (3-0-0)

(Last Week – 5)

The Lightning defeated Vegas, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders and play Columbus, Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Philadelphia this week. The Lightning are 2-0 in shootouts.

4. Pittsburgh

Record: 34-15-5 (1-1-0)

(Last Week -3)

The Penguins defeated Florida and lost to Tampa Bay in road games this past week. Pittsburgh plays Tampa Bay, Montreal and Detroit this week. They are 3-3 in the shootout.

5. Colorado

Record: 32-15-6 (4-0-0)

(Last Week -6)

The Avalanche were a perfect 4-0 this week, defeating Buffalo, Ottawa, Columbus and Minnesota on the road. The play Ottawa, Washington and Los Angeles in home games this week. The Avs are 0-1 in shootouts.

6. St. Louis

Record: 32-15-9 (1-1-1)

(Last Week -4)

The Blues defeated Carolina, lost in overtime to Dallas and lost in regulation to Winnipeg. The Blues play Anaheim, Vegas and Nashville in a home-and-home series. St. Louis is 1-3 in shootouts this season.

7. New York Islanders

Record: 31-16-6 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -8)

New York defeated Dallas and Los Angeles and dropped a decision to Tampa Bay. The Islanders face Washington, Philadelphia, Nashville and Vegas. They are 3-2 in shootouts this season.

8. Columbus

Record: 30-17-9 (2-1-0)    

(Last Week -9)

The Blue Jackets defeated Florida and Detroit and lost to Colorado this past week. Columbus plays Tampa Bay. Buffalo, the New York Rangers and New Jersey this week. They are 0-2 in shootouts with one coming when Joonas Korpisalo injured himself on December 29 and has not played since.

9. Dallas

Record: 31-19-5 (2-1-1)

(Last Week -10)

The Stars defeated the New York Rangers and St. Louis, lost in overtime to the New York Islanders and in regulation to Minnesota. They play Carolina, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa this week. The Stars are 2-2 in the shootout.

10. Carolina

Record:32-20-3 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -11)

The Hurricanes defeated Arizona and Vegas after losing to St. Louis. Carolina takes on Dallas, New Jersey and Edmonton this week. They are a perfect 5-0 in shootouts.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.