<pre><pre>Takeaways from the first month of N.H.L. season

in the In the past ten years, the Flyers have qualified for the playoffs in the last game of a season and reached the final. The Kings sneaked into the playoffs and won two Stanley Cups in three years. Just last season, the blues were last in January before moving on to their first Stanley Cup. This ended a waiting period of more than 50 years.

Therefore, the first month of the season may not be very educational. But there have been a lot of shockers this season.

These are some of the players and teams that sizzle and hiss at the beginning. (Records and statistics are from Saturday games.)

The Buffalo Sabers (9-4-2) have not made it into the playoffs since 2011. In their 50th anniversary season, they're still looking for the franchise's first Stanley Cup. But the coach of the first year Ralph Kruegerwho spent some of his six years outside of N.H.L. Coaching in Europe has increased his team's game as a mix of youthful exuberance and veteran experience has hit the right chords.

The rookie Victor Olofsson – known by the fans as "Golofsson" – has developed from the obscure run-off in the seventh round to a deadly Powerplay weapon. Carter Hutton may have finally established himself as number 1 goalkeeper at the age of 33 6-2-1 record and is one of five goalkeepers who have published two shutouts, including one that sets the franchise record for save operations made in one shutout (47).

Last season, Buffalo set a 17: 6: 2 record in a 25-game period that ended in a 10-game winning streak. But the Sabers lost 21 of their last 26 games. This season their squad is deeper, more experienced and more balanced.

The surprisingly good teams include the Vancouver Canucks (9-3-2), who have missed the playoffs in the last four seasons and how the Sabers have had a 50-year-old cup drought. and the Edmonton Oilers (10-4-1) who have a new trainer (Dave Tippett) and a new general manager (Ken Holland) and two of the leagues above Goalscorers in Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.

Avalanche (8-4-2) and defending champion Blues (9-3-3) battle for top spot in the Central Division, but were injured. Colorado has to deal with strikers Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog's extended downtime, and St. Louis has had to leave top scorer Vladimir Tarasenko for five months after his recent shoulder surgery.

The San Jose Sharks were a popular choice to win the West last season, and they got very close and reached the conference finale. They managed to keep much of their squad loaded with free agents, especially defenders Erik Karlsson and striker Timo Meier. (Your captain Joe Pavelski went to Dallas.)

But the Haie stumbled from the starting blocks, most recently in the West with a 4: 10: 1 record and the second worst goal difference in the league. Their offensive explosiveness hid some cruel goalkeepers from last season. These numbers have not improved significantly this year.

To the east of Tampa Bay Lightning that had One of the best regular seasons in the history of the league still seems to be swaying from a breathtaking chase in the first round of playoffs, and the season starts off with a mild start Record 6-5-2. Her penalty, which was the best of the national team last season, almost fell to the bottom of the table.

Eleven games in their season, the Rangers have a lot more questions than answers. With an exceptionally young squad – seven players under 21 against Tampa Bay on Tuesday – the Rangers won five games in the first month of the season.

Expectations were high when elite goalscorer Artemi Panarin arrived in free office and 18-year-old Kaapo Kakko, number 2 in the draft, arrived in June. He has two goals, including one in Tuesday's 4-1 win against Blitz, in which the Rangers youth brigade broke through with three goals. The others came from 20-year-old Center Filip Chytil and announced rookie defender Adam Fox (21).

It was perhaps the most promising time of the season for the aspiring rangers who have the youngest squad in the league. But they still have 37-year-old goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist, who 23-year-old Alexandar Georgiev played out in the morning.

Coach David Quinn has a big task ahead of him: connecting the whole youth with a pinch of veterans and creating a team that remains competitive even in a season of 82 games. He repeatedly points out that there are many highs and lows that young players will experience when going through the steep learning curve of N.H.L. Life.

The Rangers imagined further contributions from striker Lias Andersson (21), who finished seventh in the 2017 draft, and Vitali Kravtsov (19), who finished ninth in 2018. Level. Kravtsov started the season with his minor league partner in Hartford and then used an escape clause in his contract to return to Russia and play on loan in the Continental Hockey League.

The islanders are again the class of the metro, although the Rangers and the Devils caused a sensation in the off-season.

Despite the addition of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds and the first draft pick Jack Hughes, the Devils have only three wins. They have been plagued by defense and goalkeeper problems and have squandered significant leads.

In many ways, the islanders are as successful as last season: they play stingy defense, score opportunistic goals and deploy two solid goalkeepers. After starting 1-3, they tumbled nine Straight wins.

The rise in the previous season again points to coach Barry Despite in the second year, who had a 103-point result and a playoff result in the second round last season. His steady but firm approach clearly works again.

The shot on goal is balanced, led by Brock Nelson, Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey and Anders Lee. Newcomer Derick Brassard, who will be on his fifth team in two years, has scored in five games in a row. Goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov has fitted in well and replaces last season's hero Robin Lehner. And defender Devon Toews has become an emerging force, offensive and bloody.

  • John Carlson of the league's leading Washington Capitals became the fourth defender in N.H.L. History to record 20 points in October. At the games on Sunday, his 23 points stand for third place in the league. If he can keep his breathtaking pace or anything close, he will be the first defender to score 100 points in one season since Brian Leetch of the Rangers in 1991/92.

  • Edmonton's wing James Neal scored eleven goals, two behind the leaders. Last season, he scored only seven goals in 63 games with Edmonton's rival, the Calgary Flames.

  • Chicago Blackhawks Center Jonathan Toews, who had 81 points last season, has only three in 12 games so far.

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