Three weeks into the season, each team has played roughly ten games.
Here’s how the top ten teams in the NHL stack up.
10. Edmonton Oilers (7-2-1):
This week displayed exactly what happens when McDavid, Draisaitl, and Neal do not produce.
The Oilers lose.
After a 6-3 win over Philadelphia, Edmonton went on to beat the lowly Detroit Red Wings 2-1, followed by a 1-0 shootout loss to Winnipeg, and a 3-0 loss to Minnesota last night.
9. Arizona Coyotes (5-2-1):
Arizona apparently has found a way to score as they are currently on a four game winning streak.
This week saw the Coyotes beat the Predators, and Senators 5-2, along with a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers.
In net Arizona is solid as the Coyotes have the least goals against per game of 1.88.
The Coyotes will play the New York Islanders tomorrow night in New York at 7:00 PM ET.
8. Pittsburgh Penguins (6-4-0):
Despite ending the week with back-to-back losses to Vegas, and Florida, 3-0 and 4-2 respectively, the Penguins also recorded an impressive 3-2 overtime win over Colorado, and a 4-2 win over Dallas.
This team will only get better when Malkin returns from injury.
Pittsburgh will travel to take on the Lightning at 8:00 PM ET tonight.
7. Toronto Maple Leafs (5-4-2):
Toronto certainly struggled this week, however came away with 3 points in four hard games.
After falling 4-3 to Washington, the Leafs came from behind to beat the Bruins 4-3 in overtime, then followed that up with a 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus.
The Bruins would get revenge on Toronto last night as they took them down 4-2 in Boston.
Toronto will host the San Jose Sharks Friday night at 7:00 PM ET.
6. Carolina Hurricanes (6-3-0):
The Hurricanes appeared vulnerable this week in both of their games.
Carolina only played in two games, but suffered a 5-2 loss to San Jose, and a 4-2 loss to Anaheim.
The “Bunch of Jerks” need to have a strong week in order to get back to the top of the league.
Carolina will take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus tomorrow night at 7:00 PM ET.
5. Vegas Golden Knights (7-4-0):
The Golden Knights had a solid week recording 6 points out of a possible 8.
Vegas started with a 3-2 shootout win over Ottawa, followed by an emotional 3-0 shutout win over Pittsburgh for Marc-Andre Fleury.
Yes Vegas fell to Philadelphia 6-2, however Fleury was not in net.
Vegas got right back to their winning ways last night as they beat the Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout.
The Golden Knights will host the Colorado Avalanche Friday night at 6:00 PM ET in a matchup between two of the league’s top teams.
4. Boston Bruins (6-1-2):
Boston may not have won each game this week, but the Bruins recorded points in each game.
The Bruins fell to Tampa Bay 4-3 in a shootout loss, and failed to bounce back as they fell to Toronto 4-3 in overtime as well.
However the Bruins got the last laugh this week with a 4-2 win over Toronto in Boston.
Boston will host the St. Louis Blues Saturday at 7:00 PM ET as they seek to get any sort of revenge for their Stanley Cup loss.
3. Washington Capitals (7-2-2):
Currently on a four game winning streak, three of those wins occurred this week.
All in regulation, the Capitals took down the Maple Leafs 4-3, the Rangers 5-2, and the Calgary Flames 5-3 last night.
This should come as no surprise as the Capitals have primarily the same roster from their Stanley Cup team two years ago.
Washington will take on the Oilers tomorrow at 9:00 PM ET in Edmonton as they look to win five consecutive games.
2. Colorado Avalanche (7-1-1):
Currently unbeaten at home, the Avalanche grabbed points in each game this week besides one.
The Avalanche would start off their week with a 3-2 overtime loss in Pittsburgh, followed by a 5-4 overtime win over the Panthers, and an impressive 6-2 win over Tampa Bay.
Colorado suffered their first loss in regulation to none other than the defending Stanley Cup champions, St. Louis Blues 3-1.
The Avalanche will take on the Vegas Golden Knights Friday at 6:00 PM ET as they look to avoid back-to-back losses.
1. Buffalo Sabres (8-1-1):
Three weeks into the season and Buffalo is off to another hot start.
The Sabres won three out of four games this week, as Buffalo improved to 5-0-0 at home.
After a 5-2 loss to Anaheim, Buffalo beat Los Angeles 3-0, followed by back-to-back wins over San Jose, both 4-3 although the second in overtime.
Buffalo will look to win four consecutive games as they take on the New York Rangers tomorrow night at 7:00 PM ET at Madison Square Garden.
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