8. Anaheim Ducks (4-8-1)
Last week: 8
They beat the Sharks twice in the last week, but both wins came in shootouts. We’re going to leave the Ducks here for now. They’re 13 games into the season and still don’t have a regulation win.
If Anaheim has decided to tank for Connor Bedard, Jakob Silfverberg may want to be a little more subtle about it.
Textbook Dang-It. 😬 pic.twitter.com/VMLFWv5BPD
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 2, 2022
This week: VS MIN, VS CHI
7. San Jose Sharks (3-8-3)
Last week: 7
The Sharks just wrapped an up interesting six-game homestand. They went 1-2-3. The last three games were all shootout losses. They aren’t winning much, but they are playing competitive games. For the moment, that’s enough to keep them ahead of the Ducks.
The resurgence of Erik Karlsson is almost singlehandedly making Sharks games worth watching right now. The two-time Norris winner has been turning back the clock in a big way so far this season with 10 goals and 19 points through 14 games.
The year of EK65 continues!! 🙌
— NHL (@NHL) November 2, 2022
This week: @ STL, @ DAL, @ MIN
6. Vancouver Canucks (3-6-3)
Last week: 6
I regret to inform you that the Canucks are at it again.
Blown leads have been the story of Vancouver’s season so far. Their most recent choke job came on Saturday, when they saw a 3-0 lead at home over the Nashville Predators turn into a 4-3 shootout loss.
This was a fitting way for that game to end.
Bo Horvat to keep the shootout alive pic.twitter.com/i8CCR1pQKv
— Gino Hard (@GinoHard_) November 6, 2022
This week: @ OTT, @ MTL, @ TOR, @ BOS
5. LA Kings (7-6-1)
Last week: 4
The uneven start to the season for the Kings continued through another week. It started with an impressive win over the St. Louis Blues and ended with a thrilling victory over the Florida Panthers, but in between were an ugly defeat to the Dallas Stars and a frustrating overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
I’m still not quite sure what to make of this Kings team, but I am pretty sure Kevin Fiala was a good addition. He’s tied for the team lead with 14 points (3-11-14) through 14 games.
Picking up the loose change 🤑 pic.twitter.com/5mhKVgTvGj
— LA Kings (@LAKings) November 2, 2022
This week: VS MIN, VS CHI, VS DET
4. Seattle Kraken (7-4-2)
Last week: 5
Is it possible that the Kraken are a decent team? They’re moving up a spot this week as they’re riding a four-game winning streak.
They’ve been beating some good teams, too. This streak has seen them beat the Pittsburgh Penguins twice. It’s seen them stage an impressive comeback against the Calgary Flames, erasing a 4-2 deficit in the third period to win 5-4 in regulation. It’s seen them shutout the Minnesota Wild, 4-0. All but one of the Penguins games were on the road.
Saturday was the Brandon Tanev revenge game. Returning to Pittsburgh to face the team that Seattle plucked him from in the expansion draft, Tanev had a two-point night, including the game-winning goal late in the third period.
— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) November 6, 2022
This week: VS NSH, VS MIN, VS WPG
3. Calgary Flames (5-4-1)
Last week: 3
It’s been a rough stretch for the Flames lately. They’re 0-3-1 in their last four games, all of which were at home. Tuesday’s loss to the Kraken was particularly rough. They scored a pair of goals early in the third period to go in front 4-2, then didn’t even come away with a point as Seattle scored three unanswered goals, including a shorthanded tally.
Calgary was hoping to slide Jonathan Huberdeau into Johnny Gaudreau’s old spot on Elias Lindholm’s wing and have them pick up where Lindholm and Gaudreau left off last year, but that hasn’t been the case so far. Lindholm has just six points (3-3-6) through 10 games while Huberdeau has only five (1-4-5) and has just one point in his last six games.
These guys are going to have to pick it up. Trevor Lewis can’t carry the offense by himself.
— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) November 2, 2022
This week: @ NYL, @ NJ, @ BOS, VS WPG
2. Edmonton Oilers (7-5-0)
Last week: 2
Edmonton started the week with a 7-4 win over the Predators, but that was followed by a tough 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils and a 6-2 loss to the Stars in which Jack Campbell’s struggles so far this season were highlighted.
Jack Campbell describes his own play as “pathetic”. Says he hasn’t brought his best to his new club.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) November 5, 2022
A better view at a flabbergasted Campbell pic.twitter.com/9EXJyWnesh
— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) November 5, 2022
Campbell has allowed 15 goals over his last three starts and owns an .874 save percentage through eight starts this year. The good news for the Oilers is Stuart Skinner has played well, posting a .944 save percentage in five games. The bad news is he isn’t the one they have signed through the 2026-27 season at a $5 million cap hit, so they’re going to need Campbell to turn things around at some point.
This week: @ WSH, @ TB, @ CAR, @ FLA
1. Vegas Golden Knights (11-2-0)
Last week: 1
So far, this season is looking like what last season was supposed to in the Pacific Division, which was Vegas at the top and a big gap between them and everyone else. The Golden Knights have won seven games in a row.
Reilly Smith was rumored to be a potential salary cap casualty in the summer, but right now Vegas might be happy they held on to him. He’s put up 10 points (5-5-10) through 13 games and has scored three goals in the last two games.
The Misfit connection is still strong. 💪
— NHL (@NHL) November 3, 2022
This week: @ TOR, @ BUF, VS STL