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Top Ten Thursday; NHL Hockey

First week of the NHL season has come to a close and here are the top 10 teams heading into week 2. The rankings below are based on games played through Wednesday October 11th.

10. Calgary Flames (2-1-0) Previous Rank: N/R
Last Game: Defeated the Anaheim Ducks 2-0
Next Game: tonight against the Los Angeles Kings
The addition of Jaromir Jagr will help lift the team offensively but the Pacific Division is going to be intense this season.


9. Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1-0) Previous Rank: 8
Last Game: Defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in OT
Next Game: Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins
The team offensively looks good as they have already scored 13 goals in the first 3 games of the season. As the season goes on the defense will only get better.


8. Nashville Predators (1-2-0) Previous Rank: 3
Last Game: Defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5
Next Game: Thursday night against the Dallas Stars
The Predators have looked rough on the road but heading home to Bridgestone should help. The reigning conference champs still have a solid defense but need help on the offensive end.


7. Pittsburgh Penguins (1-1-1) Previous Rank: 1
Last Game: Defeated the Predators 4-0
Next Game: Tonight against the Washington Capitals
They suffered a rather devastating loss to Chicago but Matt Murray’s shutout against Nashville was a nice rebound to their rough start.


6. Columbus Blue Jackets (2-1-0) Previous Rank: N/R
Last Game: Defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in OT
Next Game: Friday night against the New York Rangers
Artemi Panarin has already started fitting into his new team with 3 assists. Sonny Milano also starting the season hot netting 4 goals thus far with 2 coming on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.


5. St. Louis Blues (4-0-0) Previous Rank: 4
Last Game: Defeated the Rangers last night 3-1
Next Game: Thursday night against the Florida Panthers
St. Louis has had an amazing start as they have defeated both the defending champs as well as the very hyped up Dallas Stars. The Blues are being led behind Jaden Schwartz (5 assists) and Vladimir Tarasenko (3 goals)


4. Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-0) Previous Rank N/R
Last Game: Defeated the Blackhawks Monday 4-3 in OT
Next Game: Tonight against the New Jersey Devils
We under estimated the scoring potential of this team as they have scored 19 goals thru the first 3 games.


3. Edmonton Oilers (1-2-0) Previous Rank: 7
Last Game: Lost to Winnipeg 5-2 Monday Night
Next Game: Saturday against the Ottawa Senators
Connor McDavid is an animal on the ice being accountable for a hat trick the first game of the season.


2. Washington Capitals (2-0-1) Previous Rank: 2
Last Game: Lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in OT
Next Game: Tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Ovechkin has played lights out behind two hat trick performance’s! Many believed that the Capitals were done dealing damage.


1.Chicago Blackhawks (3-0-1) Previous Rank: 9
Last Game: Beat the Montreal Canadians 3-1
Next Game: Minnesota Wild Thursday Night
The group has looked hot offensively defeated the reigning champs 10-1 and then defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1.



Who fell out of the Top Ten? Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars

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