If tonight Washington beats Boston and Buffalo finally wins against Montreal, the stage will be set for a showdown tomorrow night in Montreal for first place in the Northeast Division and 3rd in the standings.
Ottawa have vastly improved but let's face it - a win over Montreal will be tough. Primarily a win by Buffalo over Montreal, but Ottawa isn't a top tier team yet. But things are rolling, we've seen solid goaltending, Kovalev isn't sleeping as much on a line with Spezza, the broadcaster-consensus Hall of Famer Alfie is a Habs killer, and Montreal is on a downer two game loss streak.
It's looking promising.