The standings are starting to take their form as in this point of the season, not many teams have drastic improvements over the course of one week.
However, there has been some shakeups in the NHL, let’s take a look.
10. Boston Bruins:
The Boston Bruins find themselves back in the top ten after going 6-4-0 in their last ten games, including currently sitting on back to back wins heading into a tough game against Calgary tonight.
Boston is third in the Atlantic Division with a home record of 13-5-0 and an away record of 9-9-4.
Pastrnak, Marchand, and Bergeron lead the team in points with 50, 42, and 33 respectively.
In net the Bruins are solid with both Tuuka Rask, and Jaroslav Halak posting good numbers.
Rask has a save percentage of .914, and a goals against average of 2.63.
Halak has a save percentage of .928, and a goals against average of 2.28.
If Boston can improve their road record it’ll be interesting to see what this team can do.
9. San Jose Sharks:
San Jose is for real.
Going 6-2-2 in their last ten games, the Sharks sit third in the Pacific Division and have an impressive home record of 12-4-4.
Brent Burns leads the team in points with 44, of those 37 being assists.
Logan Couture, and Joe Pavelski have 41, and 37 points respectively.
Erik Karlsson adds 30 assists to the mix as well.
With the sixth best penalty kill in the league, if San Jose can continue to improve and Karlsson and Burns continue to gain chemistry, the Sharks will be no easy feat in April or May.
8. Vegas Golden Knights:
Vegas has won four games in a row and now find themselves second in the Pacific Division.
They have also gone 6-1-3 in their last ten games.
Two things have gotten Vegas to where they are.
Their home record, and Marc-Andre Fleury.
Fleury leads the league in wins with 21, and shutouts with 6.
He also has a goals against average of 2.48, and a save percentage of .912.
Vegas’ home record is 13-3-3, despite a road record of 11-12-1.
That is something that will need to improve if Vegas wants to make another deep playoff run.
7. Nashville Predators:
After facing some injury, and hitting a little skid, it appears maybe Nashville is finding their way again.
Nashville has won two games in a row, and are now 4-5-1 in their last ten games, sitting in second in the Central Division.
The Predators have improved their home dominance to now 15-7-0, and Pekka Rinne is having another Vezina Trophy winning season with a goals against average of 2.26, and save percentage of .920.
Johansen, Josi, and Ekholm lead the team in points with 35, 29, and 25 respectively.
Filip Forsberg also leads the team in goals with 14.
6. Pittsburgh Penguins:
The Penguins are back, and here to stay.
Pittsburgh has now won seven games in a row, and have gone 9-1-0 in their last ten games.
Sidney Crosby leads the team with 50 points, with 19 goals, and 31 assists.
Phil Kessel, and Evgeni Malkin follow Crosby with 46, and 42 points respectively.
A huge factor in the Penguins getting back to second in the Metropolitan Division, is the fact that their penalty kill is the fourth best in the NHL with a kill rate of 83.6%.
5. Calgary Flames:
The Flames continue to be a solid contender this season.
Currently first in the Pacific Division with a record of 25-12-4, including 6-2-2 in their last ten games.
Gaudreau and Monahan each have done their part in getting Calgary to this point with 59, and 50 points a piece.
If the Flames can keep this pace up, and get more production from other players such as James Neal, hockey in Calgary will be played deep into April, even May.
4. Washington Capitals:
The defending Champions are looking good rift now.
Ovechkin leads the way obviously with 29 goals, and 16 assists.
The Capitals have gone 8-2-0 in their last ten games, and sit first in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 24-11-3.
Carlson has six goals, and 32 assists for 38 points as a defenseman, and Backstrom throws 10 goals, and 34 assists into the mix as well.
With Pittsburgh heating up as they usually do, let the rivalry between Pittsburgh and Washington continue.
3. Winnipeg Jets:
Winnipeg have won seven of their last ten games, and are the front runners in the Central Division ahead of the Nashville Predators.
Blake Wheeler has 50 points on the season, and Mark Scheifele has 49 points as well.
Super star Patrik Laine has racked up 24 goals on the season and is just five behind Alexander Ovechkin for most goals in the league.
The Jets power play is lethal as well, scoring on 28.1% of their power plays; which is second best in the league.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs:
I’m not sure how anyone can top the best team in the league right now, but Toronto is as close as it gets.
Sitting second in the Atlantic Division with a record of 26-11-2, the Maple Leafs have gone 6-3-1 in their last ten games.
Toronto has scoring power.
Marner has 53 points, Tavares and Reilly each have 44 points, and Matthews has added 19 goals on the season.
Toronto has been chasing Tampa Bay all season, but I’m not sure what the Leafs can do to give them the edge of the Lightning.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning:
With the Lightning continuing their dominance over the NHL this season, winning nine of their last ten games, Tampa Bay is first in the entire NHL by a long shot.
Nikita Kucherov leads the way with 65 points, Point has 23 goals, and 29 assists and Stamkos also has 22 goals, and 21 assists.
The Lightning are even dominating on special teams with the best power play, and eighth best penalty kill.
No one is scoring like Tampa Bay is, they have a goal differential of 51!
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