We are more than halfway into this 48-game shortened season, but 25 of the NHL's 30 teams are only five points or less from a playoff spot.
The playoff race in the Western Conference is very tight, with no team more than six points from the eighth and final playoff spot. The margin between the fourth-place St. Louis Blues and 12th-place Columbus Blue Jackets is only six points.
With that said, there are a few teams starting to separate themselves in the standings and getting closer to clinching a playoff berth.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens are currently on winning streaks of nine and five games, respectively, while the continued success of the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks is making it near-impossible for any other teams to earn one of the top two seeds in the Western Conference.
Let's look at the winners and losers from Week 8 of the 2013 NHL season.