March of the Penguins continues

06 March 2018 05:22:24 EST

The Pittsburgh Penguins continued to push the Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division after a 4-3 overtime defeat of the Calgary Flames.

Justin Schultz scored midway through the extra frame at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh as the defending Stanley Cup champions won their second in a row in overtime after also doing so over the New York Islanders over the weekend.

Pittsburgh is 7-3-0 over their last 10 games as they, the Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers have opened a gap over the New Jersey Devils in the standings.

New Jersey is still in solid shape for one of the Wild Cards in the Eastern Conference, but after an early season surge where their point total and position atop the Division did not match their fundamental statistical totals, such as goal differential, the Devils have sunk back to a more realistic position.

Wednesday the Penguins, 7/5 to win the Metropolitan Division, open up a two-game swing when they play the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

It's then on to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs after which a brief return to host the Dallas Stars is followed by three more on the road.

The Devils, who the Penguins play twice more before the end of the regular campaign, have had a poor start to the month of March losing to the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and the Vegas Golden Knights.

Tuesday New Jersey will entertain the Montreal Canadiens at the Prudential Center in Newark as they look to snap their latest skid.

The Penguins are 15/2 to win the Eastern Conference with the Boston Bruins 10/3 and Tampa Bay Lightning priced at 21/10.

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