1. Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim is the top dog this week, and they deserve it. Posting a 15-3-1 record and leading the NHL in points, the Ducks are lighting up the score board in impressive fashion. The Ducks went 3-0 last week outscoring their opponents by a score of 14-5. The Ducks face the Panthers, Lightning, Hurricanes and Penguins in an East Coast road trip.
2. Colorado Avalanche
Colorado went 2-1 last week and they still manage to impress the NHL. The Avalanche are now 14-2-0 in 16 games and could very well be considered one of the top teams in the league and it would be hard-pressed to argue the fact. The Avalanche have a three game week this week with games against the Hurricanes, Blues, and Panthers.
3. St. Louis Blues
The Blues are not in the top of the standings in the NHL. But with a 11-2-2 record the Blues deserve this slot. Not only do they have a good record but they’ve been impressive overall and stick out more than any of the teams ahead of them points-wise in the NHL. The Blues face the Coyotes, Avalanche, Hurricanes, and Capitals this week.
Tampa By Lightning
The Lightning have quietly had themselves a great season starting 12-5-0 is a great accomplishment, but it has been overshadowed by the Western Conference powerhouses in the league.
The Bruins are on a 3 game winning streak and a 4 game points streak. The Bruins have outscored their opponents 10-2 in the last 3 games which has included games against Toronto and Tampa Bay.
28. Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers are again in this list and admittedly if I had to take a team with the brightest future I would have to take the Oilers. So hopefully the Oilers can grow into a decent team and learn some lessons from this rough start.
29. Florida Panthers
The Panthers have been in the bottom of the league all year and have already begun the trading process. The Panthers might be wise to begin a complete sell sooner rather than later.
30. Buffalo Sabres
For a team to be as bad as the Sabres despite having a high expectations it is hard for me to even think about putting Florida last. The Sabres have also started selling assets, but I don’t think they’ll commit to a fire sale unlike the Panthers. The fanbase might not allow for it.