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Caps Stay on Top for Another Week

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: January 7, 2020, 12:57 am ET

The top-five hasn’t changed this week although the Blues, Bruins and Islanders all had bad weeks, allowing the teams trailing them to gain some ground.

Also, I have a look at how many goals each team has given up as the halfway mark of the NHL schedule passed.

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1. Washington

Record: 29-9-5 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -1)

The Capitals beat Carolina and San Jose after opening the week with a loss to the New York Islanders. They take on Ottawa, Philadelphia and New Jersey this week. The Capitals have allowed 129 goals in 43 games, an average of 3 per contest.

2. St. Louis

Record: 26-10-7 (0-2-1)

(Last Week -2)

It was not a good week for the Blues as they lost to Arizona and Colorado but managed a point in an overtime loss to Vegas. They play all three games at home, facing San Jose, Buffalo and the New York Rangers. St. Louis has given up 119 goals in 43 games this season.

3. Boston 

Record: 24-8-11 (0-1-2)

(Last Week -3)

The Bruins lost to Edmonton, dropped an overtime decision to Columbus and lost in a shootout to the New Jersey Devils. Boston plays Nashville. Winnipeg and the New York Islanders this week. The Bruins have given up 111 goals in 43 contests to date.

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4. New York Islanders

Record: 25-12-3 (1-2-0)

(Last Week -4)

New York lost two-of-three for the second week in a row. They knocked off front-running Washington, but lost to New Jersey and Toronto. This week they take on Colorado, New Jersey and Boston. The Islanders have given up 105 goals in 40 games.

5. Pittsburgh

Record: 25-12-5 (2-1-1)

(Last Week -5)

The Penguins Ottawa and Montreal, lost in overtime to San Jose and fell on Sunday to the Panthers 4-1. They are on the road as they go to the Southwest to play Vegas, Colorado and Arizona. The Penguins have allowed 113 goals in 42 contests.

6. Colorado

Record: 25-13-4 (2-1-0)

(Last Week -6)

The Avalanche defeated St. Louis and New Jersey after losing to Winnipeg to start the week. They play the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh this week. Colorado has given up 124 goals in 42 games thus far this season.

7. Dallas

Record: 24-14-4 (2-0-0)

(Last Week -9)

The Stars won both games this week as Nashville in the Winter Classic and Detroit were defeated by Dallas. The Stars take on Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose as they go to California this week. They have given up an NHL low 104 goals in 42 contests.

8. Tampa Bay

Record: 24-13-4 (4-0-0)

(Last Week – 10)

The Lightning won all four this past week and are on a seven-game winning streak. They defeated Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa and Carolina. They play four times again this week with Vancouver, Arizona, Philadelphia and New Jersey as their opponents. The Lightning have been shaky in net at times, allowing 125 goals in 41 games.

9. Toronto

Record: 24-14-5 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -11) 

The Maple Leafs beat Minnesota, Winnipeg and the New York Islanders this past week and play Edmonton, Winnipeg and Florida this week. Toronto has given up 135 goals in 43 games.

10. Vegas

Record: 24-15-6 (3-0-0)

(Last Week -14)

The Golden Knights defeated Anaheim, Philadelphia and St. Louis in a perfect week. Vegas hosts Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Columbus this week. They have given up 133 goals in a league-high 45 games.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.