With two weeks of the NHL Regular Season complete, there have been several early surprises, along with several things everyone saw coming.
Let’s take a look at how the top ten teams in the NHL land with the completion of week two of the season.
10. St. Louis Blues (3-1-2):
The defending champions did not have the greatest week that’s for sure.
The Blues played three games this week which resulted in a 6-4 win over the lowly Senators, a terrible 6-3 loss to Montreal, and a surprising 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders.
St. Louis needs to get used to having a target on their back all season as defending champions.
9. Nashville Predators (4-2-0):
The Predators are off to a hot, and cold start this season, however have shown they can score goals; one of their weaknesses from last season.
Nashville recorded an impressive 6-5 win over the Capitals at home, then fell to the Kings 7-4 in their first game on the road, although would bounce back by dominating the Vegas Golden Knights last night to a 5-2 win.
8. Edmonton Oilers (5-1-0):
Six games into the season and Edmonton is in first place in the Pacific Division over Vegas, San Jose, and Calgary.
There are a few things worth noting with this team.
In their six games, Edmonton has only played one team that made the playoffs last season, the New York Islanders.
Along with this, McDavid, Draisaitl, and Neal combine for 16 of the team’s 22 goals for; not the greatest performance from their depth players.
Edmonton took down the struggling Devils 3-2 in a shootout, followed by a 4-1 win over the Rangers, but would suffer their first loss of the season to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1.
7. Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-0):
After getting out to a 1-2-0 start, followed by the loss of Evgeni Malkin to injury, Penguins’ fans had to have been worried moving forward.
Despite this Pittsburgh went 3-0-0 this past week, a 2-1 win over Anaheim, a 7-4 win over Minnesota, and a 7-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Pittsburgh now has a plus-nine goal differential, and sit second in the Metropolitan Division behind the Carolina Hurricanes.
6. Vegas Golden Knights (4-3-0):
Vegas certainly had an up and down week this past week which saw the Golden Knights play four games, going 2-2-0 in those games.
Vegas fell to the Coyotes 4-1, then defeated Calgary 6-2, followed by a 5-2 win over Los Angeles, but ended the week with a disappointing 5-2 loss to the Predators on home ice.
As expected, Mark Stone is off to a great start with five goals, and five assists.
5. Toronto Maple Leafs (4-2-1):
After falling to the Lightning 7-3, the Maple Leafs bounced back with a 5-2 win over Detroit, and a 4-2 win over Minnesota.
The Maple Leafs have seen several players get out to hot starts as Morgan Rielly has recorded 9 assists, Mitch Marner has tallied 3 goals, and 6 assists, and Auston Matthews has scored 7 goals, and has added an assist as well.
Toronto is currently in third place in the Atlantic Division, just one point behind Boston, and two behind Buffalo.
4. Buffalo Sabres (5-0-1):
How long will it take for Buffalo to fall back to Earth?
Who knows, but the Sabres yet again are off to a tremendous start.
Going 3-0-0 this week, Buffalo beat Montreal 5-4 in overtime, Florida 3-2 in a shootout, followed by a solid 4-0 win over Dallas.
Currently sitting in first place in the Atlantic Division, the Sabres will look to continue their winning ways tonight against the Ducks at 10:00 PM ET.
3. Boston Bruins (5-1-0):
Boston suffered their first, and only loss of the season so far this past week in Colorado as they fell to the Avalanche 4-2.
Following this the Bruins would win their home opener 3-0 over the New Jersey Devils, and then take down the Ducks 4-2 thanks to David Pastrnak scoring all four of the Bruins’ goals.
Boston’s top line of Bergeron, Pastrnak, and Marchand have picked up right where they left off last season recording a combined 24 points in just six games.
The next step for Boston is to find a way to get the rest of their roster putting up points as we saw late last year, and in the playoffs.
2. Colorado Avalanche (5-0-0):
The Avalanche are for real, simple as that.
After taking down the Bruins 4-2 at home, the Avalanche then defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in overtime, along with the Capitals 6-3.
Like the Bruins, Colorado also has an extremely dangerous first line of MacKinnon, Rantanen, and Landeskog.
This line has combined for 23 points in just five games played.
Add to the mix rookie Cale Makar’s 6 assists, along with off-season addition Andre Burakovsky’s 2 goals, and 3 assists; both of which were game winning goals.
Colorado with take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:00 PM ET on the road as they look to improve to 6-0-0.
1. Carolina Hurricanes (6-1-0):
For the second straight week the Hurricanes are the top team in the NHL.
Starting off with a 5-2 win over the Islanders, Carolina then lost their first game of the season to the Blue Jackets 3-2, then ended the week with a 2-0 win over the Kings in Los Angeles.
Carolina currently sits atop the entire NHL, and have a four point lead over the Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Hurricanes will complete a back-to-back tonight as they take on the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 PM ET in San Jose.
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