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2022-23 NHL Season Round-up

Calgary on fire at the start!


2022-23 NHL Season Round-up

Calgary on fire at the start!

 


EASTERN CONFERENCE

1 Philadelphia Flyers
2 Washington Capitals
3 Columbus Blue Jackets
4 Ottawa Senators
5 Tampa Bay Lightning
6 Florida Panthers
7 Pittsburgh Penguins
8 New York Rangers

9 Toronto Maple Leafs
10 New Jersey Devils
11 Detroit Red Wings
12 Boston Bruins
13 Carolina Hurricanes
14 Montreal Canadiens
15 New York Islanders
16 Buffalo Sabres


WESTERN CONFERENCE

1 Calgary Flames
2 Colorado Avalanche
3 Chicago Blackhawks
4 Edmonton Oilers
5 Arizona Coyotes
6 Vegas Golden Knights
7 San Jose Sharks
8 Minnesota Wild

9 Nashville Predators
10 Winnipeg Jets
11 St. Louis Blues
12 Dallas Stars
13 Anaheim Ducks
14 Seattle Kraken
15 Vancouver Canucks
16 Los Angeles Kings

2021-22 Season


October – Hot Flames, Ice-cold Kings

The Calgary Flames (8-1-1) were the hottest team in the league, going 8-1-1. It wasn’t because of their offense (which ranked 14th, 2.50 GPG), but it was their solid defense and goaltending that carried them. The Flames rank first in GAPG (1.70). Big turnaround from 2021-22 when Calgary was struggling after one month into the season, sitting in 14th-place in the East before rising to 8th-place to earn a playoff berth. RW Tyler Toffoli (14 pts) is the team’s leading scorer; Goalie Jacob Markstrom has two shutouts already (6-1-1, 1.82 GAA).

The Chicago Blackhawks (7-2-0) had no problem in collecting goals with a league-leading 4.22 GPG — goaltending wasn’t bad either (2.67 GAPG). Their 14 points was third best behind Calgary (17 pts) and Colorado (16 pts). As usual, Patrick Kane is fueling the offense: 15 pts, 6 goals, 9 assists. 

Led by center Sean Couturier (19 pts, ranked 5th), the Philadelphia Flyers (6-2-1) finished as the top club in the Eastern Conference. They are not having any issues lighting the lamp (4.11 GFPG), and showing how hungry they are for postseason redemption after losing to the lower-seeded Islanders in 5 games in the 2nd-round of last season’s playoffs.

Trouble in the kingdom

The Los Angeles Kings (0-7-0) are in trouble early. The club has gone winless and are 5th worse in surrendering goals (3.86 GAPG). All this comes after the free agency signing of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (1-year, $3.95M) in the offseason. Even if the Kings defense is that bad, they deserve better than Andre-Fluery’s 3.41 GAPG.