With the completion of the first week of the Regular Season in the NHL, let’s take a look at what the top ten teams in the league look like.
10. Nashville Predators (2-1-0):
There was much anticipation of how Matt Duchene would play out in Nashville, through three games Duchene has recorded six assists.
Aside from falling to the Red Wings 5-3, the Predators have showcased the ability to score as their other two games have been 5-2 wins over the Minnesota Wild, and the San Jose Sharks.
Nashville will complete their home stand to start the season tomorrow as the Capitals travel to Nashville for an 8:00 PM ET game; the Predators will then play the Kings Saturday night at 6:00 PM ET in Los Angeles.
9. Buffalo Sabres (2-0-1):
Three games into the season, and the Sabres have recorded points in each of their games.
Buffalo opened their season up with an impressive 3-1 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
The Sabres would then capitalize on the Devils’ Cory Schneider exiting the game with an injury as they stomped New Jersey 7-2 for a great home opener win.
Buffalo then traveled to Columbus and would leave there with a point after a 4-3 overtime loss.
We have all seen teams fall off after a strong early start, however this is where the Sabres rank right now.
Buffalo will take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight at 7:00 PM ET in Buffalo as the Atlantic Division Rivals play in a Wednesday Night Rivalry game.
8. Washington Capitals (2-0-2):
The Capitals have gotten off to a solid start, spoiling the Blues’ banner night with a 3-2 overtime win, then defeating the Islanders 2-1 in Washington.
Since then the Capitals have fallen to both the Hurricanes, and Stars in overtime; Hurricanes 3-2, Stars 4-3.
Washington will look to get back to winning as they take on the Predators in Nashville tomorrow at 8:00 PM ET.
7. Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-1):
Not exactly the start expected from Tampa Bay.
After a 5-2 home opener win over Florida, the Lightning would travel to the Panthers’ home ice for a rematch with the same results in mind.
However, Florida would take down the Lightning 4-3, which was followed by another 4-3 loss.
This time in Carolina to the Hurricanes.
There is no question about Tampa Bay’s talent, but we have yet to see the same explosive offensive team we saw last year.
6. Toronto Maple Leafs (2-1-1):
Toronto has showcased their offensive talent in their 5-3 win over Ottawa, and their 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets in Columbus.
Montreal gave the Maple Leafs a run for their money, eventually winning 6-5 in a shootout in Toronto.
Toronto would then lose again, this time 3-2 to the defending Stanley Cup Champions St. Louis Blues.
Led by Auston Matthews, who has four goals, the Maple Leafs will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET in a battle between two top Eastern Conference teams.
5. St. Louis Blues (2-0-1):
After falling to the Capitals 3-2 in overtime to open the season up, the Blues would respond with 3-2 wins over Dallas, and Toronto.
The Blues do not appear to be suffering from a Stanley Cup hangover thus far, St. Louis will be a threat for the entire league this season.
St. Louis will be in Ottawa tomorrow to take on the Senators at 7:30 PM ET.
4. Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0):
Just two games into the season, and the Avalanche are off to a great start.
After opening the season with a 5-3 home win over the Flames, Colorado picked up right where they left off with another win, this time 4-2 over the Minnesota Wild.
Colorado will look to make an early statement when they host the Bruins tomorrow at 9:00 PM ET.
3. Vegas Golden Knights (2-1-0):
Vegas got out to an extremely hot start.
The Golden Knights took down the Sharks at home, and on the road; 4-1 at home, 5-1 in San Jose.
Vegas however would lose for the first time this season last night to the Boston Bruins 4-3.
The Golden Knights travel to Arizona to take on the Coyotes tomorrow night at 10:00 PM ET.
Watch out for that Karlsson-Smith connection.
2. Boston Bruins (3-0-0):
Boston is 3-0 and have yet to play a game in Boston.
Starting their season on a four game road trip, the Bruins have defeated Dallas 2-1, Arizona 1-0, and Vegas 4-3.
Last night was highlighted by the Bergeron-Marchand-Pastrnak line which recorded a combined 7 points as the Bruins came back from a 2-0 deficit.
Boston will complete their early road trip in Colorado tomorrow night against the Avalanche at 9:00 PM ET.
1. Carolina Hurricanes (4-0-0):
The Storm Surge is back!
Carolina started their season with a 4-3 shootout win at home over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Hurricanes then went to Washington and defeated the Capitals 3-2 in overtime after starting the third period down 2-0.
Carolina would then host the Tampa Bay Lightning and beat them 4-3 in overtime after trailing 3-1 at the end of the first period.
Last night Carolina steamrolled the Panthers 6-3, being up 5-0 until 3:51 remained in the second period.
Carolina will look to start their season 5-0 as they take on the Islanders at home Friday at 7:30 PM ET.
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