Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the
+ The Ottawa Senators moved into a playoff spot Monday for the first time since late November on the strength of their seventh straight win and ninth in their past 10, a 5-2 rout of San Jose. Goaltender Andrew Hammond improved to 14-0-1 in his first 15 NHL starts as the Senators moved a point ahead of the faltering Boston Bruins, who have won only five of their last 10 games.
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+ Just when you think the Winnipeg Jets are fading out of the West playoff picture, they barge back in. They extended their winning streak to five on Monday by defeating the Edmonton Oilers, led by goalie Ondrej Pavelec. He was voted the NHL's player of the week last week for going 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average and .970 save percentage.
- General managers last week came up with two proposals to reduce the number of shootouts. One format would have five minutes of three-on-three play in overtime; the other would follow the