We’re in the last week of February and Chicago still hasn’t lost in regulation. OK, there was that lockout thing, but, still, opening the season with 18 games without a regulation loss is remarkable (and record-setting) in any season.
2. Ducks 13-2 -1 +1
Jonas Hiller? Viktor Fasth? Doesn’t matter. Either seems to win in net --- even when the Ducks fall behind, as they've done in the past six games.
San Jose could be set to get back on track on Tuesday as it plays a home game for the first time since Feb. 9, ending a woeful six-game trip that saw the Sharks drop all but one game.
12. Predators 8-6 -5 -2
The Preds enter the week having gone scoreless in back-to-back games. Even for Nashville, that’s a low goal output.
13. Maple Leafs 11-8 -0 --
The Leafs can be a little spotty on defense, and the team’s blue line is allowing a lot of shots. At 31.5, Toronto is 26th in the league in shots allowed.
14. Coyotes 8-7 -3 +1
Once the Coyotes learn to hold a lead, watch out. Phoenix held leads in two straight losses to end the week, including one with less than two minutes to go against Calgary on Sunday.
15. Stars 9-8 -1 +2
Dallas’ recent upswing includes a victory over San Jose on Saturday. The Stars will have to keep the momentum in the near future minus defensemen
Trevor Daley and Aaron Rome, as both were placed on injured reserve.
16. Lightning 9-8 -1 +2
Tampa Bay needs to do more than just feast on the bottom feeders. Quality victories have been few and far between.
17. Hurricanes 9-7 -1 -5
Congrats, Carolina. You technically lead the weakest division in hockey. Maybe the 'Canes can make a statement against the Pens on Thursday.
18. Kings 8-6 -2 +7
A 3-0 run last week boosted L.A. back into playoff contention. Granted, those wins were against noncontenders, but still.
19. Rangers 8-7 -2 -11
The Rangers enter the week on a three-game skid. Worse, the talk of drastic changes on the horizon -- even buying out underperforming forward
Brad Richards -- has heated up.
20. Flyers 9-10 -1 +2
If Philly wants to make a playoff push, it can’t lose to Florida, as it did Thursday.
21. Wild 8-7 -2 -2
Plenty of trade rumors abound, and it appears Minnesota could be ready to sell. Hardly the position Wild fans thought their team would be in after last summer’s splashy signings.
22. Flames 7-7 -3 -1
Jarome Iginla has been attached to trade rumors involving a few different teams. He’s still a member of the Flames, though, and he actually made people remember that with his first multi-goal game of the season Sunday.
23. Avalanche 7-8 -2 +4
The Avs have managed plenty of leads, but only the Caps have a lower winning percentage when leading after two periods, winning only 57.1 percent of the time.
24. Capitals 6-10 -1 --
Alex Ovechkin had his first hat trick in more than two years on Saturday. Two years!
25. Jets 8-9 -1 +3
Winnipeg is the second-worst home team in the league. Thankfully, the Jets are on a five-game trip and have won three of the first four.