Well, the new season has finally arrived, and once again we are getting ready to see who the “Cinderella” teams will be. We want to know how the teams are doing compared to last year. We also want to know if the good teams from last year will be able to play well again.
I’m a fan of the Wings so the only way we can improve is if we really win the cup, but here are the top 5 teams you’ll want to see this season.
# 5: Washington capitals
Caps look really good at the beginning of the season. Last year they finished second in the eastern conference and ended up losing to the Penguins in the seventh game of the second round.
This year, they want to do it again. They have a lot of talent that they had last year and they could go further in the playoffs. With the experiences acquired in his last career.
What I like about this team is their offense. They have 3 players that are actually producing for them right now. Ovechkin (duh), Semin and Backstrom (who is giving assists). These players have contributed greatly to making the Capitals one of the highest goal scoring teams in the league.
# 4: Colorado Avalanche
At first, I didn’t think they were going to play well. I didn’t think they had good players that they could trust.
The Avalanche obviously realized this. They have also come up with a very creative and simple solution. Your solution, trust everyone and let’s work together.
It is one of the few good teams that does not have a distinguished scorer, but the offense is widespread. 7 games in the season and only 4 players on the team do not have a point, 3 of them defenders.
If they can keep it up, they’ll get back to where they were at the beginning of the decade, competing in the playoffs.
# 3: Vancouver Canucks
Even before the season started, he was telling people to keep an eye on this team. They really caught my attention during the preseason “nonsense.”
During the preseason they were 7-0-2. However, they got off to a really bad start when the actual season started. They lost their first 3 games.
However, I am still going to say that they are a great team because of the work they did in the preseason. They also have some quality players on their team.
With the twins Sedin and Roberto Luongo (one of the top 3 goalkeepers in the league in my opinion) they have some players they can trust.
The other thing they have done is to increase their scouting ability. Because of that, they ended up with some prospects and a much deeper team than last year.
# 2: Buffalo Sabers
This is another team that didn’t make the playoffs last year. However, the playoffs were not missed much. Remember that last year’s playoffs were very close in the Eastern Conference.
This year, they will fight for the same thing.
The biggest difference between the Sabers and the rest of the league is that Buffalo is a very defensive team. In fact, they have allowed the fewest goals of any NHL team.
Much credit must go to goalie Ryan Miller for keeping the puck out of the net. At the start of the season, he has a 1.6 GAA. It will probably increase, but it is still impressive.
# 1: Pittsburgh penguins
When the Pens took Crosby a few years ago, they were one of the worst teams in the NHL. They weren’t making the playoffs and they were pretty much a team you wanted to take on.
Now, they have changed that. Last year he rose from the ashes to win the Stanley Cup. Of course, they did some trades on the trade deadline that really helped them achieve this.
This year, they have the same talent. Crosby, Malkin, Getzlaf and Guerin can score goals.
The last piece of the equation comes in their goalkeeper, Marc-Andre Fleury. He has shown us that he has what it takes to win championships.
I do not mean that the Pens can repeat, it is still too early for that. However, they will definitely be the team to beat when the playoffs hit.