Nashville Predators

Metropolitan Division madness gets contenders playoff-ready

The bruises on Travis Konecny's legs are marks of Metropolitan Division hockey.

In the third period of a crucial late-season divisional game, the undersized Philadelphia Flyers forward got in the way of not one but two slap shots from Washington Capitals defensemen. The two points from the victory made it all feel better.

"It's that time of year when those shots are crucial to make sure they're not getting to your goaltender," Konecny said. "I have a feeling that's the way the body is going to feel from here on out."

Konecny's not the only one feeling it down the stretch in a division where the top five teams are separated by just seven points...