Winners and Losers from Week 7 of 2013 NHL Season

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Winners and Losers from Week 7 of 2013 NHL Season
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At the halfway point in the 2013 NHL season, teams are starting to emerge as legitimate contenders to make the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup.

At the moment, there are six teams that have a real chance to lift the best trophy in sports this June; they are the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks (if Corey Perry is not traded).

These are the teams to beat, and for the most part, they have been very consistent this season, which is tough to do in a shortened 48-game schedule.

Meanwhile, there are several teams falling down the standings at a rapid pace. The San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks are all on losing streaks of three games or more and need to get their seasons turned around quickly to avoid missing the playoffs.

If certain teams fail to improve over the next two weeks (such as the Tampa Bay Lightning), we could see more head coaches join Lindy Ruff in unemployment.

Let's look at the winners and losers from Week 7 of the 2013 season.

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