We're off and running early in the NHL season, and the San Jose Sharks have the best record in hockey early on. Nipping at their heels is Anaheim, only one point behind them. Colorado has gotten off to a great start and leads the Pacific Division after coming in dead last in the Western Conference a year ago.
In the East, Detroit, Toronto and Pittsburgh are back on top of the standings. The Flyers have had the toughest start to the season, winning only one game out of eight and sitting in last place. They have a lot of work to do, but we still have most of the NHL season to play out as we see if the Blackhawks can defend their Stanley Cup title.
The Chicago Blackhawks made history in 2013 finishing the regular season with only 7 loss' and going on to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.
With a skill department sporting the likes of Toews, Kane, Hossa, Keith, and Sharp one can only expect to see the Blackhawks back in the race in 2014.
The Boston Bruins remained on point throughout the playoffs leading the Eastern Conference straight into the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins were able to dominate the Eastern Conference favorites in Pittsburgh but fell short to the Blackhawks for the Cup. 2014 will provide a clean slate and one the Bruins will be looking to fill with the hardware.
The Pittsburgh Penguins made their mark as the top team in the East in 2013 but skipped a beat once the playoffs rolled around. After taking a devastating loss to the Bruins in the 2013 conference finals the Penguins will be poised to make another run in 2014 to redeem their stature.
2013 was another great year in Los Angeles as the LA Kings took their #5 seed all the way to the Conference Finals. After back to back seasons in the conference finals and the arrival of forward Matt Frattin and goaltender Ben Scrivens, expectations will remain high for the Kings in the upcoming 2013 - 2014 season.
12/4/2013 12:34:41 AM on TCWEB1