NHL: Who is Canada’s team?

With less than three weeks to go before the end of the NHL’s regular season, five Canadian teams currently hold down playoff spots. There have been many surprises to this point, but has one team captured the imagination of the nation? We ask you.

5 Canadian clubs currently hold down playoff spots

With less than three week to go before the end of the NHL’s regular season, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and Winnipeg all currently hold down playoff spots. (Getty Images/Canadian Press)

Let’s get this out of the way quickly: The Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers won’t be part of this survey.

The Leafs’ top brass finally admitted the franchise is in rebuild mode as the losses continue to pile up. It’s been so bad the fans are beginning to stay away. During Toronto’s 2-1 defeat to Minnesota at Air Canada Centre on Monday night, the franchise failed to sellout for only the second time this season.

The Oilers haven’t made the playoffs since 2006 and remain in hockey purgatory.

No, this discussion centres around the five Canadian teams who currently hold playoff positions.

The Montreal Canadiens are battling for the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL’s best regular-season team. The Habs are naturally led by superstar goalie Carey Price, who aside from capturing the hearts of two young kids over the last two weeks, is closing in on one of the best seasons ever by an NHL netminder.

After missing the playoffs last season, the Vancouver Canucks are right back in the post-season hunt. Henrik and Daniel Sedin lead the way offensively for the Canucks, while goaltender Eddie Lack has filled in admirably since replacing the injured Ryan Miller.

Few expected the Calgary Flames to compete for a playoff berth, yet the team is still fighting with inspiring performances. The Flames are 7-2-2 in this month despite losing the services of defenceman Mark Giordano — a possible Norris Trophy candidate before his injury — to a torn biceps tendon in late February.

The Ottawa Senators appeared dead in the water until a little-known goalie with a cheeky nickname decided to bring out his inner Ken Dryden. Andrew "Hamburglar" Hammond is 14-0-1 and has gone 15 starts without a regulation loss. He is one shy of the record set by the Penguins' Patrick Lalime during the 1996-97 season.

The Jets are in a position to make the post-season for the first time since the franchise moved to Winnipeg in 2011. The team has overcome several key injuries and the Evander Kane fiasco to keep pace in the Western Conference. Winnipeg has won five of its last six games, and the blockbuster trade that brought in Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers from Buffalo is looking better with each passing day. 

Those are the candidates.

Now we ask you: