Here are USA TODAY Sports' NHL power rankings based primarily on the team's start, with some consideration to schedule and level of play. 1. Chicago Blackhawks (4-1-1) Fourth in goals per game and third in goals against. So much for taking a step backward. 2. Los Angeles Kings (4-0-1) Last year’s decline was about Jonathan Quick’s injury, and he’s back. 3. Ottawa Senators (3-0-2) Impressive start for a team playing without Erik Karlsson, who is set to return Tuesday. 4. New Jersey Devils (4-1-0) Are they the NHL’s most improved team? Sample size too small to know for sure, but their start shows they are a team on the rise. 5. Toronto Maple Leafs (4-1-0) Maple Leafs are showing a 1980s offense,
On Saturday night, the Dallas Stars bounced back from a 4-1 loss at Nashville two days earlier to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 at American Airlines Center. Next up for Dallas (2-3-0) is a Tuesday visit from the Arizona Coyotes (0-4-1), who lost 6-2 at home to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. "Today was my first look at them," Hitchcock said after practice on Monday.
Filip Forsberg usually waits until February to get as hot as he is right now. The Nashville Predators forward, who needed 32 games to score his fifth goal last season, required only five games to pull it off this season. Forsberg netted his fifth in the second period Saturday night during a 2-1 overtime loss at Chicago.