There's no shortage of North Division plots to follow heading into the final stretch of the season. With many fresh faces entering the race following the trade deadline, we're in for quite the finish.
The Calgary Flames kept themselves in playoff contention with three straight wins last week. Calgary is 8-10-1 since hiring Darryl Sutter, but perhaps this group is starting to find its legs under Sutter's approach. Has the club found another gear? Or will it cool off and fizzle out down the stretch?
Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets tightened the gap behind the first-place Maple Leafs with a big win over Toronto on Thursday. After losing three straight games, the Leafs are just three points ahead of Winnipeg with three contests remaining between the sides.
The Ottawa Senators continue to show signs of improvement, while the Montreal Canadiens have struggled to gain momentum. Montreal picked up an impressive 4-2 victory over Toronto before laying an egg against Calgary at home two nights later.
With just one game on their schedule, the Edmonton Oilers have been idle since Saturday's loss to the Flames, and the Vancouver Canucks remain sidelined due to the club's COVID-19 outbreak.
Forward: Nik Ehlers was dynamite once again last week for the Jets. The 6-foot winger led the club with four goals, including a pair of tallies in Winnipeg's big win against the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Defense: Like a true captain, Mark Giordano got the Flames rolling with time running out to salvage their season. The veteran rearguard tallied two goals and five points, and Calgary owned an expected goals for percentage of 57.52 at five-on-five with him patrolling the ice.
Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom has started to look more like the $36-million netminder the Flames were expecting. The Swedish puck-stopper collected all three wins for the club last week and allowed just three goals on 70 shots for a sparkling .967 save percentage. If Markstrom can catch fire down the stretch, Calgary's playoff hopes are still very much alive.