Metropolitan Division continues to be tight

20 December 2017 05:21:12 GMTPlus11

Eight points continue to separate first from last in the Metropolitan Division as no single team shows an inclination to pull away from the pack.

The New Jersey Devils moved into a tie for first with the Washington Capitals on Monday with a 5-3 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks at the Prudential Center in Newark. Miles Wood and Stefan Noesen each scored twice for the hosts with Jesper Bratt also lightning the lamp.

It was the second straight win for New Jersey who also knocked five past the Dallas Stars on Friday and now await the arrival of the New York Rangers later in the week.

The Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres all follow before an interesting show down with the Capitals in Washington on the final Saturday of the month.

Washington takes to the ice on Tuesday when they travel to Dallas to play the Stars. The winners of three in a row, the Capitals were pushed to overtime by the Ducks over the weekend before prevailing 3-2.

It's then on to Glendale, Las Vegas and the Big Apple to take on the Arizona Coyotes, Vegas Golden Knights and the New York Rangers.

Third place Columbus had a bad day at the office, as they were trucked 7-2 by the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden in the finale of a brief two-game road trip having lost to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

It was the second time in a week that the Blue Jackets had seven knocked by them having lost to the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 last Tuesday.

The Devils are 17.00 to win the Stanley Cup, while the Blackhawks are 36.00 to take the title.

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