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Bobrovsky should receive Hart Trophy consideration.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Sergei Bobrovsky has played tremendous hockey as of late, and he will be the main reason for the Columbus Blue Jackets making the playoffs if they can take care of business in their final game of the season. In order to make the playoffs, The Blue Jackets will need one more win coupled with two Minnesota Wild losses, or a Detroit Red Wings loss in their final game of the season.
The Blue Jackets are 7-3-0 in their last 10, and if the team gets into the playoffs, Bobrovsky should get serious consideration for the Hart Trophy.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2007, and the team has been playing well as of late. The Isles are 6-1-3 in their last 10 games played, and the team is kicking it into gear as the playoffs approach. The Isles are currently the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, and they are going to try to finish the season strong to avoid playing the powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.
New York Rangers
The Broadway Blueshirts are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games played, and they are 9-3-1 in the month of April. The Rangers offense has improved as of late, and Henrik Lundqvist is playing amazing hockey. The team has been hot over the last month, and it is safe to say that no contender will want to face them in the first round because Lundqvist has the potential to steal a series.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are headed to the first playoff series since the 2004-05 lockout, and the Air Canada Centre is going to be rocking. The Leafs have taken care of business down the stretch with a record of 6-3-1, and they are one of the hotter teams headed into the playoffs.