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Let the battle begin

Number 4: Vegas Golden Knights

Last week: No. 5

Is the honeymoon over? After a stellar October, the Golden Knights have equaled their loss total in October this month. However, their wins come against great competition. The fact they are sixth in the NHL in even-strength scoring is a strong indicator of continued success. And, it is why they sit second in the Pacific Division.

But, injuries to goalies may well take its toll. Right now, the Golden Knights are on their fifth goalie this year. While the rotation is solid right now, consistency in play may suffer as fewer opportunities are given.

Number 3: Winnipeg Jets

Last week: No. 4

Sixth in goals per game. Fifth in power play percentage. Goal differential of +11. All show promise of a team meeting expectations. So does winning five of their last seven. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele both have 25 points on the season already. Patrik Laine has 10 goals. There are great things happening.

The only thing that gives me pause is who they beat. Yes, a 5-2 win over New Jersey does help. That said, their other recent victories come at the hands of the Arizona Coyotes, the Stars, and the Flyers.

Had they beat the Nashville Predators last night, the Jets may be higher. They looked great for most of the game. The result of their work, however, was not shown on the scoreboard.