3 Surprises from the First Week: Teams
The first week in the NHL is well underway leaving behind some interesting storylines to begin the 2017-2018 seasons. Teams are shaking the off season rust off and getting their fans excited for the season. Here are 3 teams that are turning heads in the first few games.
Perfect Start from Las Vegas
1st in the Pacific with a 3-0-0 record
It has been an emotional week for the city of Las Vegas, but here is a bright spot for them. The Golden Knights are off to an undefeated start and made history as the first expansion team to go 3-0 to begin their franchise. Led by no other than the back bone of the team, Marc Andre Fleury, and veteran triggerman, James Neal. The Knights have seen production from each of its four lines and look to be gelling quite well. Next up, the Golden Knights will be hosting the Detroit Red Wings in their home barn October 14th.
The Kids Are Back in Toronto
1st in the Atlantic with a 3-0-0 record
Blasting 19 goals within the first 3 games for the buds is a good way to pick up a few early wins this season. The hottest team in the NHL are averaging over 6 goals per game. Babcock must be feeding these kids well because each player has registered at least one point so far except the lone ranger in Eric Fehr. Matthews has never looked more ready to take the league by storm this year and shatter his 40 goal campaign from last year. Not to mention they picked up a stellar backup goaltender this week in Calvin Pickard from Vegas. This might be the season that Toronto leads a deep playoff run. This is one of the most electric and best to watch teams in this early season preview.
Was the Price Right?
7th in the Atlantic with a 1-3-0 record
It’s early, we get it, but the Canadiens are not looking like themselves. Montreal has won the most games out of any team in the month of October over the past few years. They seem to always get out of the gate with a hot start then fade in the mid season. Well this year, that is not the case. Carey Price is not looking like the $84 million-dollar man that they have invested in. With a goal differential of (-8) the offseason tweaks look to not be working as well as the management team thought. With no player having a plus in their +/- column and a few significant names no reaching the score sheet yet, this season could turn out to be quite the disaster for the Montreal hopeful. Will Drouin and Galchenyuk finally awake from their off season slumber??