Have the mighty fallen?
Number Six: Calgary Flames
Last week: No. 7
The Flames are enjoying a great November. To date, they are 6-3-0 for the month. And they are not cheap wins either. Both the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs fell victim to the Flames. With 24 points on the season, the Flame sit third in the Pacific Division.
Want to make the next move up? Win at home. Five of your eight losses come on home ice. The fact you win close games means you are able to face challenges. That helps. However, the Flames’ penalty kill is the worst in all the NHL. It is not even close. With other teams making a push, the Flames could fall out of the rankings. Soon.
Number Five: Los Angeles Kings
Last week: No. 2
November has not been kind to the Kings. Their win over the Florida Panthers was their first points in five games. Not how you want to perform on a five-game home stand. That’s right. the Kings won only one of five consecutive home games. They followed that up with a loss in Vegas. Yes, you are still leading the Pacific Conference, but not by much.
The penalty kill is still best in the NHL, and will go a long way to help the team return to their winning ways. So will their solid goal-tending.
But, can the overcome the Western Conference? So far, that answer is no as the Kings boast a 2-4-2 record in conference.