From a team point of view, the Columbus Blue Jackets have to be considered the surprise team of the NHL season thus far. Here's a franchise, well known for underachievement and empty stands
Wayne Gretzky's likeness appeared on the December 11th episode of "The Simpsons" (The Nightmare After Krustmas) for a period of time that might have been about 5 seconds or less.
The Edmonton Oilers entered the 2016/17 season a couple months ago with a little bit of hype. Connor McDavid was entering his 2nd season healthy, the Oilers had a new building, they had an improved supporting cast
With Steven Stamkos injured and not expected to return until mid-February (torn right lateral meniscus), the Lightning have to be scratching their heads as to what kind of goals to set for this season.
A .500 straight-up record through the first quarter of the season doesn't seem to be what the Florida Panthers' management had in mind for the start of their 2016/17 season. Florida fired head coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday
The 2016/17 NHL regular season is about 25% completed. So far the surprise of the league has been the New York Rangers, a team that finished Friday with a 15-6-1 record. The Rangers are an incredible +30
The Edmonton Oilers started their current road trip out east on really bad footing. They dropped decisions to both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers last week
The Montreal Canadiens, with a record of 9-0-1, are now top ranked according to the average taken from the input of several of the NHL's writers.