The NHL season is roughly halfway through, and as we are further into the season we have seen surprises and expectations from the league. Of course the NHL confirmed of an expansion team in Seattle as well as rejecting any other potential expansion bids. In terms of the actual teams no surprise the Lightning top the standings while the Senators take the bottom spot.
In this article I will be briefly explaining the first half of the season and predicting award winners.
Here are the standings currently in the league
|1. NY Islanders||49||29||15||5||63|
|2. Pittsburgh Penguins||50||27||17||6||60|
|3. Washington Capitals||50||27||17||6||60|
|1. Tampa Bay Lightning||50||37||11||2||76|
|2. Toronto Maple Leafs||49||30||17||2||62|
|3. Montreal Canadiens||51||28||18||5||61|
|1. Boston Bruins||50||27||17||6||60|
|2. Columbus Blue Jackets||49||28||18||3||59|
|3. Buffalo Sabres||50||25||19||6||56|
|4. Carolina Hurricanes||50||24||20||6||54|
|5. NY Rangers||49||21||21||7||49|
|6. Florida Panthers||48||20||20||8||48|
|7. Philadelphia Flyers||50||21||23||6||48|
|8. New Jersey Devils||49||19||23||7||45|
|9. Detroit Red Wings||51||19||25||7||45|
|10. Ottawa Senators||50||19||26||5||43|
|1. Winnipeg Jets||50||32||16||2||66|
|2. Nashville Predators||52||30||18||4||64|
|3. Minnesota Wild||50||26||21||3||55|
|1. Calgary Flames||51||33||13||5||71|
|2. San Jose Sharks||52||29||16||7||65|
|3. Vegas Golden Knights||52||29||19||4||62|
|1. Dallas Stars||50||25||21||4||54|
|2. Colorado Avalanche||50||22||20||8||52|
|3. Vancouver Canucks||51||23||22||6||52|
|4. Anaheim Ducks||51||21||21||9||51|
|5. Arizona Coyotes||50||23||23||4||50|
|6. St. Louis Blues||49||22||22||5||49|
|7. Edmonton Oilers||50||23||24||3||49|
|8. Chicago Blackhawks||51||18||24||9||45|
|9. Los Angeles Kings||50||20||26||4||44|
GP= Games Played
OT= Overtime Losses
This year we have seen teams do as expected and teams surprise. The biggest surprise of this year might be the Chicago Blackhawks, who go from being possibly the best team in the league to getting swept out in the first round and then missing the playoffs.
The Hawks haven’t lost any of their good players, so it’s surprising that they aren’t still a playoff team. Patrick Sharp retired at the end of last season, but they still have Toews, Kane and Keith plus the acquisition of Cam Ward, which should only make them better.
Another big surprise like the Hawks are the Kings, who won the Stanley cup in 2012 and 2014 and have really been trash since then. After missing the playoffs in 2015 the Kings suffered back to back first round exits so it’s really no surprise that the team is doing so bad.
What probably might have been the biggest surprise of all so far is the Knights, whom most expected not to do very well this year are third in the Pacific Division which is not that good, but is still better than what most expected.
As expected the Lightning are first in the league and are definitely a cup contender. The other team that would easily be considered a cup contender would be the Calgary Flames, who are two points behind the Lightning.
Hart Trophy Winner: Connor Mcdavid
Norris Trophy: Kris Letang
Frank Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron
Calder Trophy: Elias Petersson
Vezina Trophy: John Gibson
Jack Adams Award: Barry Trotz
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