Ryan White

What we learned last week in the NHL

What we learned last week in the NHL

Lessons learned from the last week of play in the NHL:

►Canada will be well represented in the playoffs

None of the NHL’s seven Canada-based teams made the playoffs in 2016, but that should change dramatically. The Montreal Canadiens have solidified their hold on the Atlantic Division lead by winning five consecutive games and the Ottawa Senators have been sitting just behind them. The Toronto Maple Leafs, though slumping lately, could grab a wild-card berth.

In the West, the Calgary Flames are challenging for a top-three spot in the Pacific Division thanks to a seven-game winning streak. The Edmonton Oilers, led by NHL scoring leader Connor McDavid,...