The second half of the NHL season is always bound to be full of excitement but this year looks to even more so.
The race for the playoffs in the West is crazy close with 14 teams all having a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Now when I say legitimate, it isn’t the case where fans of one team are hoping for a hot eight or ten game streak just to be in the hunt. No, because in the West there are eleven teams separated by only nine points. A seemingly innocent two game losing streak could knock a team from 6th to 11th in the standings.
While the East does not have as many teams bunched up as tightly, there are six teams vying for the last two playoffs spots. In addition the teams higher up in the standings are battling for division titles and more importantly home ice in the playoffs. In each of the East divisions 1st and 2nd are separated
by 3 points or less.
All of this means tons of pressure on all of the players, but which players does the spot light burn a little brighter on?
Even the teams not in the playoff hunt have pressure, so here is a list of each team and their player under the most pressure for the second half of the season.