It has officially been four full weeks since the start of the season on October 2nd, and the 2019-2020 season is off to an incredible start.
Let’s take a look at how the top ten teams in the NHL stack up just a month into the season.
10. Arizona Coyotes (7-3-1):
Arizona had yet another solid week going 2-1-0 in their three games.
After falling to the Islanders 4-2 (who are on a seven game winning streak), the Coyotes handled the Devils with a 5-3 win, and then went onto to defeat the Sabres 3-2 in a shootout.
With teams like San Jose, and Calgary not starting off where they left off last season, the Coyotes could certainly create a strong gap between them in the standings.
9. Vegas Golden Knights (8-5-0):
Vegas has been extremely hot and cold this season.
In just their two games this week, we saw the Golden Knights get spanked 6-1 by the Avalanche, then respond by defeating the Ducks 5-2.
Teams like Arizona, and Edmonton are hungry to make a playoff appearance this season, Vegas its time to get back to that dominant style of play we’ve seen the past two years.
8. New York Islanders (8-3-0):
On top of going 3-0-0 this week, the Islanders are also in the midst of an impressive seven game win streak.
This week saw the Islanders defeat the Coyotes, and Senators 4-2, along with a 5-3 win over Metropolitan Division foe Philadelphia.
New York will host the Lightning Friday at 7:00 PM ET as they look to extend their streak to eight consecutive wins.
7. Nashville Predators (8-3-1):
Like the Islanders, Nashville also went 3-0-0 this week, maybe just a hair more impressively.
After a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild, the Predators then went on to defeat Tampa Bay 3-2 in overtime, along with another 3-0 shutout win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Signing Captain Roman Josi to an eight year extension is also another highlight of this week for Nashville.
Nashville will look to make it five consecutive wins when they host the Calgary Flames tomorrow at 8:00 PM ET.
6. Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-0):
Pittsburgh certainly helped their goal differential this week, improving it to now plus-15.
The Penguins fell to the Lightning 3-2, although would then outscore their next two opponents 10-1 combined as they shutout Dallas 3-0, and stomped the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1 last night.
Pittsburgh will host the Edmonton Oilers for a matinee Saturday at 1:00 PM ET.
5. Carolina Hurricanes (8-3-1):
Crawling back into the top five this week are the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes started their week off with a 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus, but would answer the bell with a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks, and a 2-1 win over the Flames.
Carolina will take on the lowly Detroit Red Wings Friday at 7:30 PM ET.
4. Buffalo Sabres (9-2-2):
The Sabres simply maintained this week going 1-1-1 in their three games.
After falling 6-2 to the New York Rangers, Buffalo shutout the Red Wings 2-0, however would give up a 2-0 first period lead over the Coyotes eventually falling 3-2 in a shootout.
It is about that time of year where some teams start to fall off after a hot start. Buffalo will look to avoid this as they take on the Capitals Friday at 7:00 PM ET in Washington.
3. Colorado Avalanche (8-2-1):
Colorado experienced a tough week as they went 1-1-0, and lost Mikko Rantanen, and Gabriel Landeskog to injury; both expected to miss significant time.
The Avalanche went into Vegas and took down the Golden Knights 6-1, but would fail to build off of that as they fell 5-2 to Anaheim.
All eyes will be on Colorado as people look to see how they respond to such devastating losses to their lineup. The Avalanche host the Florida Panthers tonight at 10:00 PM ET.
2. Washington Capitals (9-2-3):
Taking five out of a possible six points this week was good enough to get the Capitals back in first overall in the standings.
Against Edmonton the Capitals gave up a 3-1 third period lead allowing the Oilers to force overtime which saw a textbook display of a 2-on-1 as McDavid and Draisaitl sealed the comeback just 1:18 into extra time.
After falling to the Oilers 4-3, Washington then defeated the up-and-coming Canucks 6-5 in a shootout, along with a 4-3 overtime win against the Maple Leafs where Ovechkin recorded a four point night, including scoring the game winning goal.
Washington will host the Buffalo Sabres Friday at 7:00 PM ET in a matchup between two of the three teams with nine wins this season thus far.
1. Boston Bruins (9-1-2):
The Bruins went 3-0-0 this week in impressive fashion.
Boston started their week with a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, who obviously defeated them in the Stanley Cup last year.
The following day the Bruins routed the Rangers 7-4 in an Original Six matchup.
Last night the Boston Bruins completely dominated the San Jose Sharks 5-1; that was the score at the end of the second period.
Just twelve games into the season, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Patrice Bergeron combine for a total of 57 points; Pastrnak leads the league with 12 goals.
Boston will look to win their fifth consecutive game Saturday against the Ottawa Senators at 7:00 PM ET in Boston.
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