NHL Season 2019-2020: October



The first month of the season is coming to an end as some teams are getting off to a hot start.

Matthew Dziadkowicz, Staff Writer

With October coming to an end, it signals the end of the first month of this year’s NHL season. Most teams have played an average of about 11 games (82 games in a season) so far. With a small portion of the season completed, it is still too early to tell which teams are contending teams and which teams are not. Some teams have exceeded expectations, some have met expectations, and others have failed to meet expectations so far.
Some surprising teams that have exceeded expectations at the start of this season are the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, and the Vancouver Canucks, who all have solid winning records. Going into the season, all of those teams were expected to finish with losing records, and although the season isn’t complete yet, a fast start to the season is a very good thing for your squad.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, teams that have failed to meet expectations are the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. All of these teams were expected to have good winning records this season, which they all currently barely have a winning record or have a losing record. To start things off, the Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off of a historic 2018-2019 season, where they won 62 of their 82 games, breaking player and team records in the process. Although, not all of the records they broke last year were good. The Lightning won the Presidents Trophy (the prize for the best record in the regular season) and then went on to get swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets, making the Lightning the only Presidents Trophy winning team to get swept in the first round.
Honorable mentions to teams that have played fantastic this October are the Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues, and the Washington Capitals. These teams have all met and exceeded their expectations to start the season.
Although it’s only been just over an eighth of the season, this gives us a glimpse at which teams are going to be good and which teams are going to be bad. This sets up November to be an exciting month of hockey.