The 2022-23 NHL season is in full swing. We have our first NHL rankings and news update for this month. So let’s get into what’s happening around the league.
November NHL News, Standings and Opinion (Wednesday, 2/11)
Atlantic Division Ranking:
Boston Bruins: 9-1-0 18 points
Buffalo Sabers: 6-3-0 12 points
Tampa Bay Lightning: 6-4-0 12 points
Florida Panthers: 5-4-1 11 points
Detroit Red Wings: 4-3-2 10 points
Montreal Canadiens: 5-5-0 10 points
Toronto Maple Leafs: 4-4-2 10 points
Ottawa Senators: 4-5-0 8 points
The Boston Bruins have been the NHL’s biggest upset this season. They have an almost perfect record and have done really well so far. Boston has one of the best last dance runs we’ve seen, with players like Bergeron, Krejci and Pastrnak all playing well despite not being signed this season.
Metropolitan Division Rankings:
New Jersey Devils: 7-3-0 14 points
New York Rangers: 6-3-2 14 points
Carolina Hurricanes: 6-2-1 13 points
Philadelphia Flyers: 5-2-2 12 points
New York Islanders: 6-4-0 12 points
Washington Capitals: 5-4-2 12 points
Pittsburgh Penguins: 4-4-2 10 points
Columbus Blue Jackets: 3-7-0 6 points
Big news from Metro has to be how good the New York Islanders were. The Islanders are on a four-game winning streak and turning the corner after a difficult start to the season.
Middle class table:
Dallas Stars: 6-3-1 13 points
Winnipeg Jets: 5-3-1 11 points
Minnesota Wild: 5-4-1 11 points
Chicago Blackhawks: 4-4-2 10 points
Colorado Avalanche: 4-4-1 9 points
Arizona Coyotes: 3-5-1 7 points
Nashville Predators: 3-6-1 7 points
St Louis Blues: 3-5-0 6 points
The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the more interesting teams in Central right now. Despite being committed to a rebuild this offseason, their players have done their best on the ice to win games. Another team that was fun to watch has to be the Dallas Stars. Dallas has won every game against division and conference rivals, but their losses came against really strong teams in the east.
Pacific Division Ranking:
Vegas Golden Knights: 9-2-0 18 points
Edmonton Oilers: 7-3-0 14 points
Seattle Kraken: 5-4-2 12 points
Los Angeles Kings: 6-6-0 12 points
Calgary Flames: 5-3-0 10 points
Anaheim Ducks: 3-6-1 7 points
San Jose Sharks: 3-8-1 7 points
Vancouver Canucks: 2-6-2 6 points
The Seattle Kraken have one of the best rookies in the NHL right now and another rookie that needs more play. This division has three teams, all of whom fought their way out of goal in Anaheim, San Jose, and Vancouver. It will be interesting to see if any of them take the lead for the Tank for Bedard event throughout the year.
The tables are constantly changing. Which teams currently in the playoffs do you think will not be in it by the end of the season?