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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Best and The Worst In The NHL
On opening night I wrote about the teams I thought would be the five best and the five worst during the 2016-2017 NHL season. To put it bluntly, I'm off to a rough and disappointing start with my picks, but, we have 75 games left to play.

Without further ado, here are the five hottest and coldest teams in the NHL as of 10/27/2016:

En Fuego

Montreal Canadiens

Looks like the Shea Weber for P.K. Subban swap has worked out well for the Canadiens. Weber has registered three goals and six assists in seven games. The Canadiens are the only team left in the NHL that has yet to lose in regulation boasting a 6-0-1 record. We saw Montreal start off hot in 2015-2016 and fizzle out in grandiose fashion. They still have a lot to prove.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers are off to a fast start this season. Edmonton has won it's last four games helping them get to a 6-1-0 record and the second highest goal differential to this point at a plus 10. They have had an advantage in that they have played five of their seven games to start the season at home in their beautiful new arena. Finally, it looks like Todd McLellan has really settled in with his young studs.

Detroit Red Wings

After starting the season 0-2, the Red Wings have now won five straight games. They boat a 4-0 record at home but have a measly 1-2-0 record on the road. Detroit sits in third in a strong Atlantic division but the five game winning streak they're on is the best in the NHL.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning are off to a 5-1 start. Like some of the other teams in this list, they're off to a great start at home (3-0). Seems to be a theme with the current hottest teams in the NHL; win your home games. When Steven Stamkos has five goals and four assists, that certainly helps too.

New York Rangers

The Rangers sit at 5-2 atop the Metropolitan Division with an advantage of playing five home games where they have a 4-1 record. They have also won three straight games.

Ice Ice Baby

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Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes are in the midst of a six game road trip. Arizona has lost the first five games of the road trip and still have one game to go in Philadelphia. This comes after winning their season and home opener. They're certainly looking forward to returning home.

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina has one regulation win and two overtime losses. They haven't played a game at home yet so they may be one of the coldest teams so far, but they'll get a home stand soon where they can potentially rebound. Six game road game to start the season? Rough.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins sit in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference but that's mostly because they have lost three straight games after a 3-1 start to the season.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings, like the Bruins got off to a great start. 3-0 to be exact but they've lost three straight since. What changed? The collective save percentage of the three goaltenders to see playing time this season so far is .888. When you have a sub .900 save percentage as a team, there's no way you'll win many games. Lucky for Los Angeles is they play the Predators at home and Nashville hasn't been good on the road.

Winnipeg Jets 

Just like the Kings, the Jets' goalie's have combined for a sub .900 percentage. Winnipeg also has a offensive issue with Mark Scheifele leading the team in points. Rookie Patrik Laine is in second one point behind Scheifele. This team lacks name recognition and big name point getting.

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