This week the NHL was filled with upsets, winning streaks ended, and new ones started; along with three new teams finding their way into the top ten.
Here is how the top ten teams in the NHL stack up.
10. Philadelphia Flyers (10-5-2):
After a slow start to the season, the Flyers appear to be finding their way as they have gone 7-2-1 in the last ten games, including four consecutive, resulting in Philadelphia finding themselves in third in the Metropolitan Division.
Philadelphia’s week consisted of a 3-2 overtime win over Montreal, followed by impressive back-to-back 3-2 shootout wins over Toronto, and Boston both on the road.
The Flyers will look to win five straight when they host the Washington Capitals tonight at 7:30 PM ET.
9. Florida Panthers (9-4-5):
The Panthers had a tough schedule this week consisting of games against the Capitals, Islanders, Rangers, and Bruins, three of them away.
Florida did fall to the Capitals 5-4 in overtime, along with the Islanders 2-1, however turned things around defeating the Rangers 6-5 in a shootout, and Boston 5-4 in a shootout after trailing 4-0 at the end of the second period.
Now tied for second in the Atlantic Division with the Montreal Canadiens, Florida has gone 6-2-2 in their last ten games, and are in ninth place overall.
Florida hosts the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET as they look to win three consecutive games.
8. Montreal Canadiens (10-5-3):
The Montreal Canadiens crack the top ten for the first time this season after going 2-0-1 this week.
After falling 3-2 in overtime to Philadelphia, Montreal bounced back with a 3-2 win over the Kings, and a 3-2 shootout win over Columbus.
The Canadiens have a big test in their next game against the Washington Capitals Friday at 7:00 PM ET.
7. Colorado Avalanche (11-5-2):
Despite going 4-5-1 in their last ten games, Colorado has won three consecutive.
These include a 9-4 routing of Nashville, a 4-2 win over Columbus, and a 4-0 shutout win over Winnipeg.
Sitting second in the Central Division, Colorado travels to take on the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow night at 9:00 PM ET in a matchup between two of the top teams in the Western Conference.
6. Arizona Coyotes (11-6-2):
The Coyotes are finding ways to win without having to score a lot of goals; largely due to Goalie Darcy Kuemper posting a save percentage of .931, and a goals against average of 1.99.
This week saw the Coyotes go .500, although record two impressive wins over teams considered as top contenders.
After falling to the Blue Jackets 3-2, and the Wild 4-3, Arizona ended their week with a 4-3 win over the Capitals, and a 3-2 win over the Blues.
Both of these shootout wins came on the road, and on back-to-back days
Arizona will look for revenge of their recent loss to the Wild when they take on the Wild in Minnesota tomorrow at 8:00 PM ET.
5. Edmonton Oilers (12-6-2):
Like the Coyotes, the Oilers also went .500 this week.
Edmonton fell 5-2 to St. Louis, then defeated New Jersey, and Anaheim, 4-0, and 6-2 respectively.
However would end their week with a 6-3 loss to San Jose in the Shark Tank.
The Oilers still sit atop the Pacific Division, although Arizona is right on their tail just two points behind them.
The league’s second best power play unit host the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow at 9:00 PM ET.
4. Boston Bruins (11-3-4):
Boston did not have a sterling week whatsoever, yet remained in third place overall in the standings.
After an unusual 4-2 loss to Detroit, the Bruins then fell to Philadelphia 3-2 in a shootout, followed by a 5-4 shootout loss to the Panthers which saw the Bruins give up a four goal third period lead.
The Bruins have the best power play unit in the league, have yet to lose a home game in regulation, and most impressively all of their wins have come in regulation.
Boston has a few days off before they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday at 7:00 PM ET on the road.
3. New York Islanders (12-3-1):
The Islanders are the NHL’s best defensive team, there’s no argument.
New York has a goal differential of plus-14 despite only scoring 49 goals.
Greiss, and Varlamov have also been phenomenal in net with a 1.88, and 2.37 goals against average respectively, along with a .942, and .924 save percentage respectively.
Going 9-0-1 in their last ten games, the Islanders fell to Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime, but responded with a 2-1 win over Florida.
New York will look to close the gap between them, and the Capitals for first in the Metropolitan Division as they host Toronto tonight at 7:00 PM ET.
2. St. Louis Blues (12-3-4):
The Blues have simply been finding a way to win with Tarasenko, but have done a great job at it as St. Louis is 8-1-1 in their last ten games.
Going 2-0-1 this week, the Blues defeated Edmonton 5-2, and Calgary 3-2 in overtime, both on the road, however fell to Arizona last night 3-2 in a shootout at home.
With the third best power play in the league, the Blues are 5-1-3 at home, and are 7-2-1 away.
Jordan Binnington appears to be improving his play as well with a goals against average of 2.35, and a save percentage of .921.
St. Louis travels to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets Friday at 7:00 PM ET.
1. Washington Capitals (13-2-4):
For another week the Capitals remain atop the NHL.
With a record of 8-0-2 in their last ten games, Washington went 2-0-1 this week earning five of a possible six points.
After starting the week with a 5-4 overtime win against the Panthers, Washington then dominated Vegas to a 5-2 win, but would end their week with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
What sticks out about this team is their road record.
Washington has a solid home record of 5-1-3, but on the road the Capitals are even stronger with a record of 8-1-1.
This largely may be due to them having a top ten power play (8th), and penalty kill (6th).
As mentioned above, the Capitals take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7:30 PM ET with the Flyers looking to make a statement in a Metropolitan Division showdown.
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