Written by Jonathan Barker. Media by Wes O’Dell
Now that we are a few weeks passed the All-Star break, let’s take a look at how competition in the NHL is shaping up.
The Nashville Predators are first in the Central Division and hold the best record in the entire Western Conference at 39-13-7 (wins, losses, losses in OT) and scoring a league-high 85 points. My fellow St. Louis Blues fans are pleased to see the team sit at second in the Central Division at 38-17-4 with 80 points. The Anaheim Ducks dominate the Pacific Conference with a 5 game advantage with 37 wins, 16 losses, 7 overtime losses and 81 points. The defending champs, Los Angeles Kings sit at 3rd in their division at 28-18-12.
Although the NY Islanders have the most wins (39), the Montreal Canadiens (38-16-5) hold the best record in the Eastern Conference. Led by Steven Stamkos, The Tampa Bay Lightning are on their way to another impressive season, ranking second in the Atlantic Division at 37-18-6. Only scoring 38 points and owning the worst record in hockey, the Buffalo Sabres (17-38-4) look forward to better luck next season.FULL STANDINGS
Washington Capitol Center, and former 4th overall draft pick, Nicklas Backstrom leads the NHL in points, with 64. 46 of his points have come from assists, which is also the most in the league. His teammate Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals with 38.
Montreal Goalie Carey Price has the highest save percentage at .935, only allowing 1.91 goals per game. Price is the only goalie in the league to average less than two goals against per game. Pittsburgh Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has recorded 8 shutouts, which is the most of all goalies this season.
The final regular season games will be played on April 11th.