Number 2: Nashville Predators
Last week: No. 3
In their last eight games, the Nashville Predators scored four goals or more seven times. They also won seven of their last eight games. But, it is not just that they won, but who they beat. Every game against a team with a winning record. All of their wins come against teams in the playoff conversation. Three wins were on the road.
Now, we are starting to see the full roster contribute to the success. Ryan Johansen is finding the net, as is Kevin Fiala. Mattias Ekholm is on a four-game goal streak. New Predators Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino are providing stability in what was shaky lines to start the season.
The only concerns we all have is can they play a full 60 minute match. With a road match against the NHL’s top team on Friday, a complete game will be necessary.
Number 1: St. Louis Blues
Last Week: No. 1
Nothing to see here folks, except great hockey. One of the NHL’s top scoring teams, the Blues rank sixth in goals for, and second in even strength scoring. Three players (Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, and Vladimir Tarasenko) have notched 20 or more points. Alex Pietrangelo has 19 points.
St. Louis looks to be in it for the long haul. Making the playoffs is not the question, but how far can they go. If there is a concern it is getting production from all lines. That, and their special teams are not so special.
A Black Friday battle with the Predators will be something fun to watch. If the Predators pull out a win, it would be a major statement.