A Look Around The NHL

Not too much to report Sabres-wise today, so I thought I’d dish out some quick news & opinions on the rest of the league.

-Nashville Predators defenseman, Shea Weber is likely to be suspended two games for this hit on Jannik Hansen.

Personally, I think Weber caught a bit of a rough break on this one since Hansen turned his back to Weber late, but he still could have held up instead of charging and boarding him. Whatever the league’s ruling is, I highly doubt Weber’s going to lose any sleep over the play. The Predators will definitely miss him while he’s out though.

 

-There are some unlikely leaders at the top of the stats department right now. Toronto Maple Leafs forward, Phil Kessel is leading the league in scoring with 12 points (7 G, 5 A) in six games. Are the Leafs finally going to start seeing some return on what many have considered to have been a lopsided trade in favor of Kessel’s former team in Boston? The trade that I’m talking about has amounted to Kessel for Tyler Seguin (C, 2010 1st round pick), Jared Knight (W, 2010 2nd  round pick), and Dougie Hamilton (D, 2011 1st round pick).

As for goaltending, in a league where guys like Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundquist, and Tim Thomas dominate the discussion as far as who the top goalies are in the league is concerned, you won’t hear too many people mention LA Kings goalie, Jonathan Quick who is leading the league in ‘save percentage’ and ‘shutouts’ and is second in the league in GAA with a miniscule  0.96 GAA.

-The Devils-Sharks match-up tonight is a tale of two teams going in different directions that people predicted them to take so far. New Jersey is 3-1-0 to start the season while perennial Western Conference power, San Jose is 1-3-0 and currently sitting in 14th place in the conference. I expect that to change as the season goes on, but it makes for an interesting story early in the season at least.

-Detroit is looking to open up the season 5-0 and will have a very good chance to do so. They are at home playing a pitiful Blue Jackets team.

-I’m starting to think that I gave the Senators a little too much credit. I knew they were going to be bad, but not this bad. They are definitely your leaders in the clubhouse for Nail Yakupov right now.

-Conversely, I didn’t give the Oilers enough credit. The kid line of Hall-Nugent-Hopikins-Eberle has really shined and should give Edmonton fans plenty of hope for the future.

-As of now, your division leaders are as followed: Pittsburgh, Washington, and Buffalo in the East. Dallas, Colorado, and Chicago in the West. Dallas and Colorado in particular are really nice stories so far as both teams were predicted to not even make the playoffs by most people, but the question is how much turnover will there be come season’s end? Well, at this point, I expect the East to stay status quo. Boston and Philly will provide good challenges to Pittsburgh and Buffalo, but will ultimately fall short. Dallas and Colorado will regress, but I expect both teams to be fighting for a playoff spot the whole season. As for Chicago, I wouldn’t be shocked if they won their division, but I think Detroit will overtake them.

 

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