This week in the NHL saw a lot of shifts in power in the top ten as we saw not only a significant amount of shake ups in the top ten but also four new faces appearing in the top ten.
Let’s take a look at how the top ten teams in the NHL stack up.
10. Florida Panthers (7-3-4):
It appears the Panthers may be coming together under new Head Coach Joel Quenneville.
In their last ten games Florida has a record of 6-1-3, including winning both of their games this past week which was a 4-3 overtime win over Colorado, and a 4-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Florida has also been impressive thus far on Special Teams with the tenth best power play (21.9%) tied with Vancouver, and the ninth best penalty kill (86.1%).
The Panthers have a big test tomorrow as they host the Washington Capitals at 7:00 PM ET.
9. Vancouver Canucks (9-3-3):
Like the Panthers, the Canucks are also 6-1-3 in their last ten games, and are now second in the Pacific Division.
This week Vancouver started off with a 5-3 win over the Kings, followed by a 2-1 overtime loss to Anaheim, a 5-2 win over San Jose, and a 2-1 overtime loss to St. Louis last night.
With goalie Thatcher Demko currently standing on his head with a save percentage of .939, and a goals against average of 1.78, the Canucks have earned a plus-18 goal differential.
Vancouver will look to continue their hot streak when they take on the Blackhawks in Chicago tomorrow night at 8:30 PM ET.
8. Buffalo Sabres (9-4-2):
The Sabres stumbled this week losing both of their games, neither in pretty fashion.
Buffalo fell to the Capitals 6-1, then went on to be shutout by the Islanders 1-0.
The second best power play in the league will certainly look to avoid a third straight loss on Friday when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at 2:00 PM ET in Sweden as part of the NHL’s Global Series.
7. Arizona Coyotes (9-4-2):
Arizona is finding a way to get it done, going 7-2-1 in their last ten games, including earning 5 out of a possible 8 points this week as they remain in the top three teams of the Pacific Division.
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper has a league best goals against average of 1.69, and save percentage of .940 which has helped the Coyotes substantially thus far.
This week the Coyotes fell to Montreal 4-1, then bounced back with a 3-0 win over Colorado, a 3-2 overtime win over Edmonton, but would end the week with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames last night.
Arizona will host the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow at 9:00 PM ET.
6. Nashville Predators (9-4-2):
No one really knows what to expect of the Predators so far in the season as they went 1-1-1 this week but remained to look like a serious contender.
After getting out to a 4-1 lead over Calgary to start the third period, Nashville would collapse, eventually falling to the Flames 6-5 in overtime.
Nashville then fell to the Rangers 2-1, however ended the week on a high note with a 6-1 win over the Red Wings.
The Predators will look to improve their lead over Colorado in the standings tomorrow when they play the Avalanche on the road at 9:00 PM ET.
5. Edmonton Oilers (10-4-2):
The Oilers continue to win thanks to Connor McDavid, and Leon Draisaitl recording a combined 51 points in just 16 games played.
Edmonton has the third best power play (26.7%), and the seventh best penalty kill (86.3%) in the league, along with solid goaltending from Mike Smith who has a save percentage of .931, and a goals against average of 2.12.
This week saw the Oilers beat Columbus 4-1, beat the Penguins in overtime 2-1, although ended the week with a 3-2 overtime loss to Pacific Division foe Arizona.
Edmonton takes on the defending champions, St. Louis, tonight at 8:30 PM ET.
4. St. Louis Blues (10-3-3):
Despite losing Tarasenko for an estimated six months, the Blues continue to get the job done currently riding a five game winning streak.
St. Louis is now 7-2-1 in their last ten games, and won all four of their games this week, three of them in overtime.
After taking down the Wild 2-1, the Blues then defeated Columbus and Minnesota in overtime 4-3.
The Blues ended their week last night with another overtime win, this time a 2-1 win over Vancouver.
Sitting first in the Central Division, the Blues will take on the Edmonton Oilers, first in the Pacific Division, tonight at 8:30 PM ET on the road.
3. New York Islanders (11-3-0):
No one knows how the Islanders are doing this but they have now won ten games in a row, soaring to second place in the Metropolitan Division, and fourth in the league.
New York went 3-0-0 this week defeating Tampa Bay 5-2, Buffalo 1-0, and Ottawa 4-1.
The Islanders also have the tenth best penalty kill (85.4%), and have won four games in overtime already this season.
Taking on Pittsburgh tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET, New York will look to improve to 12-3-0, and win their eleventh consecutive game.
2. Boston Bruins (11-2-2):
The Bruins remained in second place overall for the second week in a row.
Boston currently has the league’s best power play (31.4%), and the fifth best penalty kill (86.7%), along with Tuukka Rask recording a goals against average of 1.88, and a save percentage of .936.
After defeating Ottawa 5-2, the Bruins beat the Penguins 6-4 in a thrilling back and forth game, although fell to the Canadiens last night 5-4, just their second loss in regulation of the season.
Through 15 games of the season, the Bruins’ top line of Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak have a combined 74 points.
Boston will take on the struggling Detroit Red Wings Friday at 7:30 PM ET in Detroit.
1. Washington Capitals (11-2-3):
The Capitals are in first place in the entire NHL for the second consecutive week, and have gone 8-1-1 in their last ten games.
Washington played in only two games this week, however walked away with two wins as they beat Buffalo handily 6-1, then took down Calgary 4-2.
On Special Teams the Capitals are at the top of the league as well with the fourth best power play (25.9%), and the eighth best penalty kill (86.2%).
Defenseman John Carlson leads the team with 23 points, followed by Ovechkin with 19.
Ovechkin, and the Capitals travel to Florida to play the Panthers tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET as they look for their fifth consecutive win.
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