Things are getting exciting in the NHL betting season, as we move past the first quarter mark of the season. Let’s see how the 30 franchises are stacking up right now.
# 30 Edmonton Oilers (8-14-2)
New coach, new general manager, same old problems with the defensemen and the goaltending.
# 29 Calgary Flames (8-14-2)
The Flames just finished a three-game road trip…and picked up one single, solitary point.
# 28 Toronto Maple Leafs (7-11-5)
The Maple Leafs are playing gamely for Mike Babcock, but they’re about to call up Garret Sparks from the AHL since their starting goalie is hurt and the backup has turned into a sieve.
# 27 Colorado Avalanche (9-13-1)
The Avalanche find themselves just seven points out of the playoffs at this point, but they have a tough four-game trip through the Big Apple and Minnesota coming up.
# 26 Carolina Hurricane (8-11-4)
A bright point is rookie defenseman Brett Pesce (21 years old).
# 25 Philadelphia Flyers (9-10-5)
The Flyers have awoken, winning three and four, including convincing victories over Nashville and the Blueshirts.
# 24 Columbus Blue Jackets (10-15-0)
Boone Jenner has tallied 11 goals in 25 games to lead the team.
# 23 Anaheim Ducks (8-11-5)
When Anaheim fell late to Chicago on Black Friday, the team’s confidence took a huge blow. Can they right the ship?
# 22 Buffalo Sabres (10-12-2)
The offense is waking up, as Buffalo has two consecutive four-goal contests.
# 21 Vancouver Canucks (9-8-7)
The Canucks may not contend until Brandon Sutter comes back.
# 20 Winnipeg Jets (11-12-2)
An inconsistent season continues as the Jets blow out Minnesota 3-1 and then fall 5-3 at Colorado the very next night.
# 19 Florida Panthers (10-9-4)
Goalie Roberto Luongo is heating up, as the team knocked off the Islanders and the Red Wings.
# 18 Arizona Coyotes (13-9-1)
The Coyotes have won three in a row, playing much better than people thought.
# 17 Tampa Bay Lightning (11-11-3)
The weekend brought two straight losses to Washington and the Islanders. Where’s the spark from last season?
# 16 New York Islanders (12-8-4)
Thomas Greiss has been a solid addition in goal, going 6-3-2 with a nifty .927 save percentage.
# 15 New Jersey Devils (12-9-2)
John Hynes has the Devils prepared each week in his first season behind the bench, with a solid work ethic.
# 14 Pittsburgh Penguins (13-8-2)
The Pens have power play goals in six consecutive games, but they have only won three of those.
# 13 Detroit Red Wings (12-8-4)
Goalies Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek have each won six games.
# 12 Nashville Predators (12-7-4)
The Preds ran out to an 11-3-3 start but have lost five of six.
# 11 Boston Bruins (13-8-1)
The B’s have won five straight and now head for a road trip in Western Canada.
# 10 San Jose Sharks (14-9-0)
The Sharks are getting solid goaltending play; it’s the offense that could be more consistent.
# 9 Minnesota Wild (11-7-4)
The Wild had a terrible November last year, and they’re doing it again this year, going 1-4-2 in their last seven.
# 8 Ottawa Senators (12-6-5)
Erik Karlsson is having a dynamite season for the Senators, who are one of the best sneaky-good stories of the year.
# 7 New York Rangers (16-6-2)
With Derek Stepan out, the Rangers need to emphasize defense while their goal numbers will stay down.
# 6 Chicago Blackhawks (13-8-3)
Should Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews win the MVP this year? Choices, choices.
# 5 Los Angeles Kings (14-8-1)
Marian Gaborik scored two goals in the team’s first 20 games, and has scored three more in the last three.
# 4 St. Louis Blues (15-6-3)
Jake Allen could be the key to the Blues’ solving their postseason woes.
# 3 Washington Capitals (17-5-1)
The Caps have won five straight and are a high-flying joy to watch.
# 2 Montreal Canadiens (18-4-3)
The Canadiens now face a tough stretch with Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price both on the shelf.
# 1 Dallas Stars (19-5-0)
A 10-3-0 November has vaulted the Stars to the top of the standings. They came back on Minnesota from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime. This is an exciting team that can score – and play defense – with the best.