GOOD NEWS: Remember all that chatter about Patrick Marleau’s career fade? He scored seven times in his first nine games. BAD NEWS: Defenseman Dan Boyle suffered a concussion on a nasty head-first check into the boards.
2. Avalanche 8-1 -0 +7
GOOD NEWS: The talented young Colorado forwards don’t mind checking. BAD NEWS: This team still needs to bolster its defense. New coach Patrick Roy, one of the NHL’s all-time great goaltenders, will demand it.
3. Penguins 7-2 -0 -2
GOOD NEWS: Top center Sidney Crosby is playing as brilliantly as ever. BAD NEWS: Power forward James Neal’s lengthy absence and young winger Beau Bennett’s less serious injury has caused Evgeni Malkin’s production to suffer.
4. Blues 5-1 -1 -1
GOOD NEWS: Goalie Jaroslav Halak played his way out of a platoon with Brian Elliott, winning five of his first six starts. BAD NEWS: Elliott blew a late lead and lost his only start this season in a shootout.
5. Blackhawks 6-1 -2 -1
GOOD NEWS: Top forward prospect Brandon Pirri does not want to play in the AHL this season. He has two goals in his three NHL games this season. BAD NEWS: Corey Crawford has already lost two shootout games this season.
6. Ducks 7-2 -0 +5
GOOD NEWS: The team started 5-0 at home for the first time in franchise history. BAD NEWS: An eight-game road trip could provide an early reality check for this team.
7. Bruins 6-2 -0 -1
GOOD NEWS: Thanks to tight team defense and excellent goaltending, the Bruins allowed just 10 goals in their first seven games. BAD NEWS: New power forward Jarome Iginla failed to score a goal in his first seven games for Boston despite putting 24 shots on goal.
8. Red Wings 6-4 -1 -3
GOOD NEWS: Backup goaltender Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson won his first three starts filling in Jimmy Howard, who suffered a minor hand injury. BAD NEWS: Cornerstone defenseman Niklas Kronwall is sidelined by a concussion.
9. Maple Leafs 7-3 -0 -2
GOOD NEWS: Power forward David Clarkson should be raring to go after serving his 10-game suspension. BAD NEWS: Toronto has been allowing about 36 shots per game. That needs to stop.
10. Kings 6-4 -0 -2
GOOD NEWS: Defenseman Drew Doughty came to life offensively by scoring in back-to-back games. BAD NEWS: Goaltender Jonathan Quick has already allowed three or more goals five times this season.
11. Canadiens 5-4 -0 -1
GOOD NEWS: Young forwards Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher have combined to form a dynamic line. BAD NEWS: Top goal-scoring threat Max Pacioretty is shelved by a hamstring muscle strain, joining Daniel Briere (concussion), Brandon Prust (shoulder), Douglas Murray (upper body) and Alexei Emelin (knee) on the injured list.
12. Canucks 6-4 -1 —
GOOD NEWS: Chris Tanev and Kevin Bieksa have become elite shot blockers under new coach John Tortorella, who has cleaned up the penalty kill. BAD NEWS: This team needs to get much better at even strength.
13. Senators 4-3 -2 —
GOOD NEWS: Jason Spezza came out firing this season, scoring five goals in his first seven games. BAD NEWS: A brutal schedule turn sends them against Detroit, Anaheim, San Jose and Chicago in a four-game span.
14. Lightning 5-3 -0 —
GOOD NEWS: Ben Bishop is still proving that size matters in goal. BAD NEWS: That 5-0 loss to the Bruins reminded the Bolts they have much work to do.
15. Coyotes 6-2 -2 —
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Mike Smith flashed his offensive skills by scoring a goal. BAD NEWS: Smith has more goals than teammate Keith Yandle, the team’s top offensive defenseman.
16. Hurricanes 4-2 -3 +2
GOOD NEWS: Jordan Staal has picked up his defensive play and become a good matchup center for Carolina. BAD NEWS: He only scored two points in his first nine games on the counterattack.
17. Predators 5-4 -1 +7
GOOD NEWS: Rookie defenseman Seth Jones is logging Shea Weber minutes. The kid is just that good. BAD NEWS: With their offense averaging about two goals per game, the Preds have little margin for error.
18. Capitals 4-5 -0 -1
GOOD NEWS: Winger Martin Erat finally sprang to life, giving the supporting cast an offensive boost. BAD NEWS: Alex Ovechkin isn’t exactly a blur of activity in even strength situations.
19. Rangers 2-5 -0 -3
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is in the walk year of his contract, so he has every motivation to overcome his miserable start. BAD NEWS: This already depleted lineup took another big hit when captain Ryan Callahan suffered a broken thumb.
20. Jets 4-5 -1 -1
GOOD NEWS: After scoring just once in his first five games, Evander Kane scored four times in his next four. BAD NEWS: After winning their first two games, the Jets staggered to five losses in a span of six games.
21. Islanders 3-3 -3 -1
GOOD NEWS: Winger Kyle Okposo caught fire and scored eight points during a six-game span. BAD NEWS: Power play quarterback Lubomir Visnovsky is sidelined by a concussion, leaving the team without a proven offensive defenseman. Can Matt Donovan step up?
22. Wild 4-3 -3 -1
GOOD NEWS: Backup goaltender Josh Harding did an astonishing job spelling injured starter Niklas Backstrom. BAD NEWS: Jacob Trouba crashed into the dasher boards head first when he missed a check.
23. Flames 4-3 -2 +4
GOOD NEWS: Puck-rushing defenseman Dennis Wideman is logging huge minutes in Calgary. BAD NEWS: Wideman was minus-43 in his previous three seasons. Ray Bourque he is not.
24. Blue Jackets 4-5 -0 -2
GOOD NEWS: Marian Gaborik shook off a brief illness and continued scoring at a point-per-game pace. BAD NEWS: Brandon Dubinsky just scored his first goal of the season.
25. Stars 3-5 -0 -4
GOOD NEWS: Tyler Seguin quickly emerged as the top scoring threat this offense needed. BAD NEWS: Defenseman Alex Goligoski had no points and a minus-10 rating after eight games. Cohort Sergei Gonchar had one assist and a minus-6 rating in that time. Yeesh.
26. Flyers 1-7 -0 -1
GOOD NEWS: Vincent Lecavalier could return to action this week and bolster the lineup that has left goaltender Steve Mason on his own. BAD NEWS: Power forward Scott Hartnell will be sidelined a few weeks longer.
27. Oilers 3-6 -1 -1
GOOD NEWS: Struggling winger Nail Yakupov actually scored a point! BAD NEWS: Top forward Taylor Hall will miss the next month with a knee injury. Gulp.
28. Panthers 3-6 -1 —
GOOD NEWS: Against all odds, defenseman Brian Campbell had a plus-2 rating in his first 10 games. He was minus-31 over his previous two seasons combined in Florida. BAD NEWS: It sounds like a talent sell-off is in the works. Get your bids in for Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall and Brad Boyes ASAP. South Florida, brace for more losing. 29. Devils 1-5 -3 —
GOOD NEWS: They beat the archrival Rangers in decisive fashion Saturday. BAD NEWS: That was their first victory of the season.
30. Sabres 1-9 -1 —
GOOD NEWS: Goaltender Ryan Miller is generating lots of trade chatter. BAD NEWS: The Sabres may not be able to make big sell-off moves until closer to the trade deadline, so that puts Miller and the others in a bad spot.