There is not a lot of change at the top of the NHL rankings as the better teams have settled into their spots. Some bottom-dwellers continue to move up and down (Florida, Detroit and the New York Rangers are prime examples of teams on the upswing) while Chicago and New Jersey descend downwards.
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Record: 13-3-1 (2-0-1)
Last Week 1
It was another good week for the Predators who are on a five-game road trip that will end this week. They beat Colorado and Dallas on the road before losing in a shootout to Anaheim Monday. This week they finish up out west with a couple of tough games against San Jose and Arizona and then come home to face the Kings and Tampa Bay.
2. Tampa Bay
Record: 12-4-1 (2-1-0)
Last Week 2
The Lightning went 2-1 last week, losing to Ottawa after leading throughout most of the game, while knocking off Edmonton and the Islanders. It wasn’t the toughest of weeks and that changes this week as they face a four-game road trip that takes them to Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Nashville. They got Victor Hedman back but will miss Ondrej Palat for another four-six weeks.
Record: 11-6-0 (2-1-0)
Last Week 3
The Maple Leafs beat the Golden Knights and New Jersey at home and then lost to the Bruins in Boston for their first road loss in seven starts this season. This week they head out to California to play Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim before returning home Monday to face Columbus. Auston Matthews is skating with the team but is likely out through the end of the month.
Record: 10 -5-2 (2-1-0)
Last Week 4
Boston knocked off Toronto and Vegas this week after a big loss to the Canucks. Their four-game homestand is done and now they are on the road this week with games against Colorado, Dallas and Arizona. The Bruins have been quite good on the power play of late with Torey Krug back in the lineup and healthy as they went 7-19 in four games last week.
Last Week 5
The Wild won three-of-four last week on the road and went 5-2 on their lengthy seven-game road trip. After losing to San Jose, the Wild defeated the Kings, Ducks and St. Louis. They now return home to play six of their next seven games on home ice. This week Minnesota take on Washington, Vancouver and Buffalo an are on the road against Chicago. They are one of the best teams in the NHL and are getting great goaltending once again from Devan Dubnyk.
Record: 10-5-1 (2-0-0)
Last Week 9
The Jets won both games this week, defeating the Avalanche and Devils at home. They play two more games at home when they face Washington and Buffalo before starting a four-game road trip against Vancouver Monday. Jack Roslovic finally scored his first of the season Sunday. Connor Hellebuyck has won two in a row and is 7-5-1.
Record: 9-5-3 (1-1-1)
Last Week 6
The Canadiens went 1-1-1 this week as they beat Vegas, lost in overtime to Buffalo and dropped a decision to the Rangers. This week they head to Western Canada where they play Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver and then return home for a Monday matchup with Washington. Max Domi continues to lead the Canadiens on the ice and on the scoreboard. Shea Weber is back on the ice and while it is likely he is not back until Christmas from off-season knee surgery, it is good news for Montreal fans that he is getting closer.
8. San Jose
Record: 9-6-3 (2-2-0)
Last Week 7
The Sharks sandwiched home wins over Minnesota and Calgary around a couple of road losses to Dallas and St. Louis. This week they continue their current six-game homestand with games against Nashville, Toronto and St. Louis. Tomas Hertl returned on Sunday and that is good news as he is a valued member of the top-six. Erik Karlsson is still struggling in San Jose and has yet to find the back of the net.
Record: 8-6-3 (1-2-0)
Last Week 8
The Avalanche lost to Nashville and Winnipeg this week before beating the Oilers. This week Colorado takes on Boston and Washington at home and then travel to Anaheim to start a three-game western swing. Semyon Varlamov snapped a five-game losing streak with the win over Edmonton. He had such a strong start that even after losing five in a row, his GAA is still 2.26.
Record: 7-5-3 (1-1-0)
Last Week 10
The Penguins lost to Washington Wednesday and then broke its winless streak with a 4-0 win over Arizona Saturday. This week the Penguins take on New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Ottawa and Buffalo. Pittsburgh is having trouble with its secondary scoring as Carl Hagelin, Matt Cullen, Riley Sheahan and Bryan Rust each have only one goal this season.
Record: 9-7-1 (2-0-0)
Last Week 21
The Flyers won both games this week and are 5-0-1 in their last six. They shutout Chicago 4-0 after defeating Arizona in overtime. This week they take on Florida, New Jersey and Tampa Bay to complete a five-game homestand. Sean Couturier had a tough start to the season with only three points in 11 games but has four goals and eight points in his last six contests.
Record: 10-6-2 (3-0-1)
Last Week 22
Columbus went 3-0-1 this week and rocketed to the top of the Metropolitan Division. They beat Dallas twice, Washington once and then lost in a shootout to the Rangers Saturday. The Blue Jackets are home to Florida and then go back on the road to face Carolina and Toronto. Cam Atkinson had 35 goals in 2016-17 but only 24 last season in 65 games. He already has eight in 17 games this season.
Record: 9-6-2 (2-0-0)
Last Week 23
The Sabres won both games this week, albeit in extra time as they defeated Montreal in overtime before defeating Vancouver in a shootout. This week the Sabres are home to Tampa Bay before hitting the road to take on Winnipeg, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. Sam Reinhart has moved up to the top line with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner while Jason Pominville drops down the depth chart and will line up with Evan Rodrigues and Vladimir Sobotka.
14. New York Rangers
Record: 9-7-2 (3-0-1)
Last Week 25
The Rangers had another great week as they won three games and lost in overtime. They are 6-0-1 in their last seven as they have jumped into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers beat Buffalo, Columbus and Vancouver while losing to Detroit in overtime. New York plays the Islanders, Florida and Dallas this week. Neal Pionk was a healthy scratch in a couple of games early in the season but now leads the Rangers blueliners with 10 points. Tony DeAngelo has seven points in 10 games.
Record: 7-6-3 (1-2-0)
Last Week 12
Washington defeated Pittsburgh for their win this week, while losing to Columbus and Arizona as they completed a five-game homestand. They are on the road for all four games this week as they travel to Minnesota, Winnipeg, Colorado and Montreal. The Capitals are struggling and new head coach Todd Reirden switched up his lines against Arizona by putting Nicklas Backstrom back with Alex Ovechkin while Evgeny Kuznetsov moved down the depth chart.
Record: 10-7-1 (1-2-0)
Last Week 13
The Flames were 1-2 in California this week, losing to Anaheim and San Jose while defeating Los Angeles. They return home this week to play Montreal, Edmonton and Vegas. Sean Monahan picked up his 300th career point in the Sunday loss to the Sharks. Mark Giordano is having a nice bounce-back season with two goals and 16 points with a plus-eight rating in 18 games.
Record: 8-7-3 (2-1-1)
Last Week 17
The Hurricanes beat Chicago twice while losing in a shootout to Detroit and dropping a 4-1 decision to St. Louis. Carolina plays Columbus and New Jersey at home this week as they are in the middle of a six-game homestand. Scott Darling has started the last three game and has won twice as he seems fully recovered from a lower-body injury. Sebastian Aho has five goals and 22 points in 18 games as he is establishing himself as the Hurricanes top player and someone to build the team around.
18. New York Islanders
Record: 8-6-2 (0-2-0)
Last Week 14
The Islanders lost both games in Florida this week and are winless in three as they head into the week. New York play all three at the Barclays Center as Vancouver, the Rangers and Dallas are in town. Anthony Beauvillier started the season as a top-six forward but has been relegated to the fourth line with only one point in 15 games this season. The slide down the depth chart could be greater as he could be a healthy scratch. Mathew Barzal has been dropped from the top power play to the second unit.
Record: 9-7-2 (1-2-1)
Last Week 15
It was an up-and-down week for the Stars as they beat San Jose, lost to Columbus twice as well as losing in overtime to a very good Nashville team. The Stars are home to Boston this week and then on the road to the Islanders and the Rangers. Dallas got Alexander Radulov back on Monday after he missed 10 of the previous 11 games. He scored the only Dallas goal Monday.
Record: 6-5-3 (3-0-0)
Last Week 29
The Panthers are finally rolling as they won all three games this week, giving them a four-game winning streak. The Panthers beat Edmonton, the Islanders and Ottawa. They start a six-game road trip and play four in the next seven days as they face Philadelphia, Columbus, the Rangers and Ottawa. They have played so well since the return to the net of Roberto Luongo. Bogdan Kiselevich has three assists in his last three games.
Record: 7-8-2 (3-0-0)
Last Week 30
It is five wins in six games for the Red Wings who are working their way up the rankings. They won all three games but two were in a shootout while the other one was in overtime as they beat Vancouver, the Rangers and Carolina. This week the Red Wings tackle Arizona, Ottawa and New Jersey with the latter two on the road. Gustav Nyquist has a seven-game scoring streak. Anthony Mantha has come around and has played quite well since October 20 according to coach Jeff Blashill.
Record: 8-7-1 (1-1-1)
Last Week 18
The Coyotes beat Washington, lost in overtime to the Flyers and were shutout 4-0 by the Penguins last week on the road. This week they start off in Detroit before coming home to play Nashville and Boston to start a five-game homestand. They hit a bump in the road as they had given up 14 goals in three games but righted the ship once again as they surrendered only one goal in a win over the Capitals. Antti Raanta is on the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury.
Record: 10-7-2 (1-1-2)
Last Week 20
The Canucks were on the road for all four games this week. They beat the Bruins lost to Detroit and Buffalo in a pair of shootouts and were defeated by the Rangers 2-1 Monday. They play the Islanders and Minnesota on the road this week before returning home for a pair of games with Montreal and Winnipeg. Elias Pettersson is a pleasure to watch and looks to be the best player in his 2017 Draft year, better than Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick who went 1-2. Brock Boeser is out with a groin injury.
Record: 8-8-1 (0-3-0)
Last Week 11
It was not a good week for the Oilers as they lost all three games as Tampa Bay, Florida and Colorado defeated them. This week it is Montreal, Calgary and Vegas and the Oilers need to nip this losing streak in the bud before they lose contact with the pack in the Western Conference playoff race. They sent youngsters Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto to the minors and do not expect to see them up in the NHL in the near future as they need to play and gain confidence. Cam Talbot is struggling while Mikko Koskinen has been good in net.
Record: 7-10-1 (1-3-0)
Last Week 19
The Golden Knights lost three-out-of-four this week, dropping games on the road to Toronto, Montreal and Boston while beating the Senators in Ottawa. Vegas plays Anaheim and St. Louis at home before returning to the road as they play Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta. The Golden Knights are playing more like an expansion team this season and will be in a battle just to make the playoffs. They should get Nate Schmidt back Sunday against the Oilers as he will be finished serving his 20-game suspension.
Record: 7-8-3 (2-2-0)
Last Week 24
The Senators split the week as they defeated New Jersey and Tampa Bay and lost to Vegas and Florida. They play Detroit, Pittsburgh and Florida in three home games this week. They recalled Drake Batherson who they stole in the fourth round of the 2017 Draft. Colin White is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Rookie Brady Tkachuk has four goals and eight points in seven games.
Record: 8-8-3 (2-2-0)
Last Week 27
The Ducks were 2-2 in the last seven days as they lost to the Kings and Flyers but defeated the Flames and the Predators. The Ducks play Vegas on the road this week and are home to Toronto and Colorado. John Gibson continues to excel in goal. The received good news on Monday with the return of Ondrej Kase to the lineup. The Ducks have been rumored to be interested in RFA William Nylander.
Record: 6-8-4 (0-2-1)
Last Week 26
The Blackhawks had a bad week under new head coach Jeremy Colliton as they lost to the Hurricanes and Flyers before losing to Carolina in overtime. They are home for all three games this week as they play St. Louis, Los Angeles and Minnesota. Alex DeBrincat is off to a good start in his sophomore season as he has nine goals thus far. Brandon Saad has missed the last two games with an arm injury.
29. St. Louis
Record: 6-6-3 (2-2-0)
Last Week 28
The Blues beat Carolina and San Jose before losing to the Wild on Sunday night. They play four games this week with road games against Chicago, Vegas and San Jose before returning home on Monday to play the Kings. Ryan O’Reilly has a 10-game scoring streak with eight goals and 17 points during the streak. Patrick Maroon was a fixture on the first power play unit to start the season but has been a healthy scratch in each of his last two games.
30. New Jersey
Record: 6-8-1 (0-3-0)
Last Week 16
After another bad week, the Devils are dropping like a stone and are at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. They lost to Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg as they completed a long road trip. They return home on Tuesday to play Pittsburgh and also play Philadelphia and Carolina on the road as well as Detroit at home. Things are bad in New Jersey and coach John Hynes split up their top line of Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri Sunday. Hischier was injured Sunday as he suffered an upper-body injury.
31. Los Angeles
Record: 5-10-1 (1-2-0)
Last Week 31
The firing of John Stevens hasn’t made much of a difference for the Kings who dropped two-of-three, beating the Ducks and losing to the Wild and Calgary. They are home to Toronto and on the road against Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis. They have lost both goaltenders with meniscus tears in their knees as Jack Campbell and Jonathan Quick are out of action. Peter Budaj and Cal Petersen will take over for now but the Kings are a mess.