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Top 10 Thursday; NHL Hockey

The NHL season continues to amaze and 8 weeks into the season many teams have impressed but many continue to disappoint. We don’t focus on the disappointments here, we simply give you the top ten. The question is, do you agree or disagree with the rankings?

10. Los Angeles (18-8-3) Previous rank: 6
Last game: Defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2
Next game: Thursday against the Ottawa Senators
Jonathan Quick is back and helping the Kings to become second in the NHL in team goals-against with 2.28

 

9. Vegas Golden (17-9-1) Previous Rank: 10
​Last game: Defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 in SO
Next game: Friday against the Nashville Predators
William Karlsson has been excellent lately for his new team as he has exceeded expectations by scoring 22 points through 23 games and has two shorthand goals which is tied for second in the league.

 

8. New Jersey (16-7-4) Previous Rank: 7
​Last game: Defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1
Next game: Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets
Nico Hischier has energized the Devils attack with his speed and has 18 points through 24 games.

 

7. New York (16-9-2) Previous Rank: N/A
​Last game: Lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2
Next game: Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins
Josh Bailey is having a career year alongside John Tavares as well as averaging 1.12 points per game.

 

6. Nashville (18-7-3) Previous Rank: 8
​Last game: Defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2
​Next game: Friday against the Las Vegas Golden Knights
Filip Forsberg has helped fuel the Predators during Power Play (25.8%), being accountable for 12 power play points which already surpasses last season when he had 9.

 

5. Toronto Maple Leafs (17-10-1) Previous Rank: 4
​Last game: Lost to the Vancouver Canucks 2-1
Next game: Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames
Morgan Rielly if having an outstanding season from a possession perspective as he continues to shine as the No. 1 defensemen for the leafs

 

4. Columbus Blue Jackets (17-10-1) Previous Rank: 3
Last game: Lost to the New Jersey Devils 4-1
Next game: Friday against the New Jersey Devils
Sergei Bobrovsky has a save percentage of .935 and has helped the Blue Jackets to the top of the Metro Division.

 

3. St. Louis Blues (18-8-2) Previous Rank: 2
​Last game: Defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-3
Next game: Thursday against the Dallas Stars
Tarasenko has been a shot generator for the Blues dominant front line. Tarasenko has 108 shots on goal so far this season.

 

2. Winnipeg Jets (17-7-4) Previous Rank: 5
​Last game: Lost to the Detroit Red Wings 5-1
Next game: Thursday against the Florida Panthers
Connor Hellebuyck finally helped stabilized the Jets’ goaltending situation and helped them to a plus-15 goal differential.

 

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (19-6-2) Previous Rank: 1
Last game: Defeated the New York Islanders 6-2
Next game: Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche
Stamkos has 36 points in 24 games this season and he has been helpful powering the front line. Stamkos is averaging 1.08 assists per game, only two other players have done that in the past decade

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