Another week and another coaching move as the St. Louis Blues management tired of the team’s lack of scoring (three shutouts in four games this week) and fired Mike Yeo, replacing him with interim coach Craig Berube.
The Maple Leafs moved to the top of the rankings with a perfect 4-0 week including three wins on the road. Toronto has been amazing away from the Scotiabank Arena as they are 9-1-0, losing only to Boston.
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Record: 15-6-0 (4-0-0)
Last Week 3
The Maple Leafs won all three games in California for the first time since 1995 and then returned home to come from behind and defeat Columbus on Monday. They have four games this week, playing Carolina and Columbus on the road and then take on Philadelphia and Boston at home. Toronto should get Auston Matthews back at some point this week from his shoulder injury. Frederik Andersen has been the best goalie in the NHL this season.
Record: 15-5-1 (2-2-0)
Last Week 1
It was an okay week for the Predators who lost twice on the road to San Jose and Arizona before knocking off Los Angeles and Tampa Bay at home. The win over the Kings was no big deal but the win over the Lighting was. The Predators are without Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban. It should be an easy week with a home-and-home series against St. Louis as well as a matchup with Anaheim. Ryan Hartman has moved up to the second line with Kevin Fiala moving down.
3. Tampa Bay
Record: 14-6-1 (2-2-0)
Last Week 2
The Lightning were on the road for all four games this week, losing to Buffalo and Nashville and defeating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. I guess playing in Pennsylvania was more favorable than the rest of the country. They begin a five-game homestand this week with three games against Florida, Chicago and New Jersey. The Lightning lost Andrei Vasilevskiy for four-six weeks with a broken foot so Louis Domingue takes over as the starter with Edward Pasquale backing him up.
Record: 12-5-2 (2-0-1)
Last Week 6
The Jets defeated Washington and Vancouver and lost in a shootout to a red-hot Buffalo squad. They are on the road the rest of the week as they play Calgary, Minnesota and St. Louis. Kyle Connor has been excelling wherever they play him as he was a stud on the top line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler and he continues to play well on the second unit, especially Monday when he had a goal and three assists. Patrik Laine had his second hat trick of the season Monday.
Record: 10 -5-2 (1-1-1)
Last Week 4
Boston beat Arizona this week after losing to Colorado in regulation and dropping a 1-0 overtime decision to Dallas. The Bruins play three times on the road this week against Detroit, Montreal and Toronto and once at home to Pittsburgh. Jaroslav Halak continues to outplay Tuukka Rask as Halak is 7-2-2 with a 2.07 GAA and a .935 save percentage while Rask is 4-4-1 with a 2.78 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Last Week 5
It was not a good week for the Wild as they dropped three-of-four, defeating Vancouver and losing to Washington, Buffalo and Chicago. This week, they have a pair of home games against Ottawa and Winnipeg. Mikko Koivu has been on a tear of late with two goals and 12 points in his last eight games. Devan Dubnyk has been a stud in net for the Wild as he has a 2.36 GAA despite facing an average of 31.6 shots per game.
Record: 10-6-4 (2-0-1)
Last Week 9
The Avalanche lost to Washington in overtime but defeated Boston and Anaheim to give them a 2-0-1 week. This week they head out west for a couple of games against the Kings and Arizona before returning home to face Dallas. Mikko Rantanen leads the NHL with 32 points, three better than linemate Nathan MacKinnon. Tyson Barrie has only one goal but has 16 assists.
Record: 13-6-2 (4-0-0)
Last Week 13
The Sabres are red-hot as they have won six in a row to move past Boston into third place in the ever-tough Atlantic Division. Buffalo won all four games this week as they knocked off Tampa Bay, Winnipeg, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. Save for the Penguins, that was a lot of talented teams the Sabres beat. The Sabres face Philadelphia and Montreal at home this week before travelling to Detroit Saturday. Jack Eichel leads the Sabres with 24 points in 21 games.
Record: 11-6-3 (2-1-1)
Last Week 7
The Canadiens went 2-1-1 this week as they beat Calgary and Vancouver on the road, lost to Edmonton and lost to the Capitals on Monday in overtime. The Habs are on the road to New Jersey and Buffalo and home to Boston. Max Domi continues to shine with 10 goals (one more than all of last season) and 25 points in 21 games. Jeff Petry has 17 points from the blueline but will lose some time on the power play once Shea Weber returns which should be shortly.
Record: 12-7-2 (2-1-0)
Last Week 12
Columbus saw their seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) come to an end on Monday with a 4-2 loss to Toronto. They beat Florida and Carolina this week and sit atop the Metropolitan Division. This week they take on Toronto at home and are back on the road against Pittsburgh and Detroit. Cam Atkinson has four goals in his last two games.