1. Boston Bruins (17 points)
In order to be a great hockey team, you have to learn to play well on the road. The Bruins are a great team (6-1-0 road record). I bet you Bruins fans want to give Tim Thomas a big hug right now!
2. Washington Capitals (22 points)
The Capitals continue to take advantage of their home ice advantage in their home games. They have the NHL’s best 7-1-0 record at home.
3. Los Angeles Kings (20 points)
Like the Caps, the Kings are also playing great hockey at home. They are only of only two teams that haven’t lost a home game yet (6-0-0). And how about this Jonathan Quick? Not a bad start to the season. The Kings have only given up two goals par game.
4. Philadelphia Flyers (20 points)
Sergei Bobrovsky (or what I like to call him “Fat Bobby-V”) is doing a great job between the pipes (8-2-1 record, 2.19 GAA, 301 saves). I had absolutely no idea who this guy was at the beginning of the season, and you didn’t either if you’re not a Flyers’ fan.
5. Detroit Red Wings (19 points)
If Nicklas Lidstrom isn’t the best defenseman of all time, the who is? Seriously…
6. St. Louis Blues (20 points)
Dear Jaroslav Halak: WE LOVE YOU!
7. Columbus Blue Jackets (18 points)
So the leader in GAA isn’t Tim Thomas right now. It’s actually Mathieu Garon at 1.28.
8. Florida Panthers (12 points)
Even though the Panthers have only recorded 12 points so far, they have outscored their opponents by a combined seven goals to this point which is the fourth best margin in the Eastern Conference.
9. Vancouver Canucks (18 points)
Is Robert Luongo the most overrated goaltender in the league? He could be. He’s only 5-4-0 with a 2.96 GAA and a .911 save percentage to this point.
10. Dallas Stars (16 points)
As a Stars fan, I’m starting to give credit to the front office for them not re-signing Marty Turco (7-5-1, 2.73 GAA, 37 goals against, .911 save percentage with Blackhawks this season).
11. Tampa Bay Lightning (18 points)
Do they have any t-shirts online that just say “I love Steven Stamkos!”? I’d love to have one. This guy is going to be in the Hart Trophy race throughout the season and could possibly win it.
12. Montreal Canadiens (19 points)
I don’t think Habs fans should get excited anymore if their team is on the power play. They’ve only converted on 7 percent of their power plays this year. How embarrassing!
13. Carolina Hurricanes (16 points)
Are they selling Jeff Skinner jerseys yet? If not, they better start quick because I might buy one.
14. San Jose Sharks (14 points)
Antero Niittymaki isn’t doing too bad of a job at filling Evgeni Nabokov’s shoes. He’s recorded a very nice 1.91 GAA to this point.
15. Minnesota Wild (16 points)
Only 32 goals through 13 games isn’t very impressive. Maybe the Wild are too busy day dreaming about how they want Marian Gaborik back.
16. Colorado Avalanche (15 points)
The Avs can’t seem to put together a strong penalty-killing unit. Teams have scored an NHL-best 29 percent of the time when they get the man-advantage against the Avalanche.
17. Pittsburgh Penguins (15 points)
Kris Letang: Norris Trophy winner? Hey, it could happen.
18. Ottawa Senators (17 points)
A team that didn’t look so good to start the year but they have seemed to pick things up recently with their four-game winning streak.
19. Calgary Flames (14 points)
Is the clock ticking down on the Sutters? Before Tuesday’s win over the Avalanche, the Flames lost four in a row and were outscored 16-9 in those games.
20. Chicago Blackhawks (17 points)
The offense is doing great so far (Western Conference-leading 51 goals). Too bad Marty Turco is their goaltender.
21. New York Rangers (15 points)
The only great win this season was the 3-2 over the Bruins on October 23. All the others to this point were wins over bad teams.
22. Nashville Predators (13 points)
Things are starting to look crappy for the Predators. Five-game losing streak and they’ve only scored 31 goals.
23. Anaheim Ducks (19 points)
A team that looked terrible a couple weeks ago have turned it around and could be on the rise. Let’s see how long they can continue this winning streak.
24. Phoenix Coyotes (15 points)
Think about this: The Coyotes are 5-5-5 right now. If the Coyotes would’ve won those five OT games that they lost, they would be 10-5-0 and would have 20 points and would be in a tie for the second-best record in the NHL.
25. Atlanta Thrashers (15 points)
How many of you Thrashers’ fans want to kick Chris Mason in the groin right now??
26. Toronto Maple Leafs (13 points)
The Leafs need to start putting the pucks in the net. They’ve only scored 32 goals through their first 15 games.
27. Buffalo Sabres (12 points)
Is anybody aware that the Sabres haven’t won a home game yet? Sad, I know…
28. Edmonton Oilers (10 points)
If you listen closely, you might hear another puck go in the net behind Nikolai Khabibulin.
29. New York Islanders (10 points)
I have extra paper bags at my house for you Islanders fans in case you guys want to watch the games with them over your heads.
30. New Jersey Devils (10 points)
Well, so much for the “Rock.” I guess the Prudential Center should be re-names the “Pebble.” the Devils have yet to win a home game (0-5-2).
Carter’s NHL Player Award Races
Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player):
1. Steven Stamkos (TB): 24 points, 13 goals
2. Sidney Crosby (PIT): 22 points, 10 goals
3. Alexander Ovechkin (WSH): 20 goals, 8 goals
4. Tim Thomas (BOS): 8 wins, 1.39 GAA, .959 save percentage
5. Teemu Selanne (ANA): 18 points, 7 goals
6. Brad Richards (DAL): 18 points, 6 goals
7. Ryan Getzlaf (ANA): 18 points, 6 goals
8. Jonathan Quick (LA): 8 wins, 1.64 GAA, 9.42 save percentage
9. Chris Stewart (COL): 17 points, 10 goals
10. Jaroslav Halak (STL): 8 wins, 1.79 GAA, 9.32 save percentage
Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman):
1. Kris Letang (PIT): 15 points, 12 assists, 3 goals
2. Niklas Lidstrom (DET): 15 points, 13 assists, 2 goals
3. Dustin Byfuglien (ATL): 14 points, 9 assists, 5 goals
4. Lubomir Visnovsky (ANA): 14 points, 11 assists, 3 goals
5. Tobias Enstrom (ATL): 12 points, 10 assists, 2 goals
Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender):
1. Tim Thomas (BOS): 8 wins, 1.39 GAA, .959 save percentage
2. Jonathan Quick (LA): 8 wins, 1.64 GAA, 9.42 save percentage
3. Jaroslav Halak (STL): 8 wins, 1.79 GAA, 9.32 save percentage
4. Niklas Backstrom (MINN): 6 wins, 1.80 GAA, 9.41 save percentage
5. Mathieu Garon (CBJ): 4 wins, 1.28 GAA, 9.51 save percentage
Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year):
1. Jeff Skinner (CAR): 15 points, 9 assists, 6 goals
2. Tyler Ennis (BUF): 9 points, 6 assists, 3 goals
3. Jordan Eberle (EDM): 8 points, 4 goals, 4 assists
4. Mark Letestu (PIT): 8 points, 4 goals, 4 assists
5. John Carlson (WSH): 8 points, 6 goals, 2 assists
1. Boston Bruins (17 points)