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NHL season underway

With two weeks well into the season, the ice is jammed packed with teams feeling each other out and skating their way to decent starts to the 2014-2015 NHL season.

In the East, there is just one team left undefeated, that is the Washington Capitals (3 wins with zero losses and 2 overtimes).

 

While the Caps have the undefeated record, it is the New York Islanders that hold the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. After the Caps, comes Sid “The Kid” Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguins at 3-1 and then followed by the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New Jersey Devils at 3-2. The New York Rangers seem to be struggling to start the season as well as the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the Atlantic Division, the Montreal Canadiens lead the pack with a 5-1 record followed very closely by the Ottawa Senators with a record of 4-1. Then comes the a two-way tie between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Detroit Red Wings at 3-1 with 1 overtime each. The surprise struggle is the Toronto Maple Leafs who are starting the season slow at 2-3, which is one spot below the Boston Bruins who are at 3-4, just one win better.

Yet in the West, there are a total of three teams that are undefeated so far. The San Jose Sharks are 4 wins with zero losses and 1 overtime, while in the Central division the Nashville Predators lead the Chicago Blackhawks with one more overtime (Predator’s 2 to Blackhawks 1). Both teams have an equal 3-0 record.

The Sharks cannot look behind them too often because those Anaheim Ducks are nipping at their heals and behind them are the reigning defending champions, the Los Angeles Kings.

While the Predators and Blackhawks are slugging it out early for first place, the Central is loaded behind him. The Dallas Stars, St Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild are all lurking waiting for one simple slip to catch them.

It is still early in the NHL season but the normal competitors for the playoffs are n their rightful spots, in the West at least. In the East there is a little parody but again, it is still early and things can change in the game of hockey in a slapshot of the puck.

As for individual stats to date, Center Sidney Crosby once again, leading the West in scoring with 9 points while New York Rangers Left Wing Rick Nash leads the league in goals, so far. Center for the New York Islanders John Tavares leads the league in assists with 7 and Los Angeles Kings Center Jeff Carter leads the Plus-Minus category with 8.

On the defensive side for individuals, it is led by Detroit Red Wings Goalie Jonas Gustavsson with a 0.00 GAA and a perfect 1.000 save percentage. Anaheim Ducks Goalie Frederik Anderson leads the league in wins with 4 and Minnesota Wild Goalie Darcy Kuemper leads with 2 shutout victories.

Again, it is early and stats and standing CAN change because we have a long season to go. Be sure to catch constant NHL updates, breaking news and updated standings.

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