1. Colorado Avalanche (10-1-0)
The Avalanche have been shockingly good, they average outscoring their opponents by a margin of 3-1 in 11 games. The Avs went 2-0 last week with wins over Carolina and Winnipeg. The Avs will play the Stars on Friday and the Canadiens on Saturday. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 9 goals.
2. San Jose Sharks (10-1-1)
The Sharks could very easily be the top again, but Colorado has the better record, but there are some people who would argue that the Sharks have been more impressive this season and in all honesty they might be right. I have a hard time believing that the Sharks are going to slow down any time soon, they have a history of fast starts and fizzling out later in the year. The Sharks play Los Angeles on Wednesday and Phoenix on Saturday.
3. St. Louis Blues (6-1-2)
The Blues benefited from the Ducks mediocre 2-2 week, the Blues on the other hand went 1-0-1 and that includes a 6-1 drumming of the Nashville Predators. The Blues only have one regulation loss and deserve to be third in the list despite being in the middle of the pack in points, a 6-1-2 record is nothing to sneeze at. The Blues play at home versus the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday and hitting the road in Florida and Tampa Bay on Friday and Saturday respectively.
Anaheim Ducks (9-3-0)
The Ducks were in the third spot in the list last week, but a 2-2 record last week made them slip out of the list but they are not forgotten, they could easily make their way to the top 3 with a successful trip out East this week with games in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Boston on Thursday, Buffalo on Saturday, and the Rangers on Monday.
Vancouver Canucks (9-4-1)
The Canucks are hard to judge because despite the record they only have a +2 goal differential on the season. But the good news for the Canucks is that they’re on a 4 game winning streak and all have come in one goal wins. The Canucks have games against Detroit on Wednesday and Toronto on Saturday, both are home contests.
28. Edmonton Oilers (3-8-2)
I keep waiting for the Oilers to turn the page but another less than impressive week has me worried that they won’t and it all stems from horrible defense/goaltending. The Oilers need to do something before this season is lost. Adding to the surprising start is that they spent money last off-season to make their team better.
29. New York Rangers (3-7-0)
Despite going 1-2 last week, there were signs of improvement for the Rangers, I don’t think they will be on this list too much longer. The Rangers are definitely getting better goaltending, the biggest problem is that they have only scored 15 goals. The offensive struggles are a carry over from last seasons playoffs. The Rangers play the Islanders, Sabres, Hurricanes, and Ducks this week, with a chance to turn things around.
30. Buffalo Sabres (2-11-1)
The Sabres have been at the bottom of the list I think all season. But they finally seem to realize they’re bad because they’ve already started trading pieces starting with Thomas Vanek trading him to the Islanders for Matt Moulson and 2 early round draft picks. The Sabres might spend the entire season in the bottom 3, if not at the very bottom. The Sabres are also building a reputation for being dirty and un-discipline the most recent example was when enforcer John Scott gave Loui Eriksson a head shot in a game last week. Scott was suspended indefinitely until a hearing on Thursday. The Sabres next games are against the Rangers and the Ducks this week.