When the season started, no one really projected the Flames to do much. NHL.com said Calgary would be the second wild-card team in the playoffs, but that is about the highest you will find. However, they took over the top spot in the Pacific Division last night in demolishing the Jets. Their 205 high-danger chances is seventh in the league, and 75 total goals are 5th. They have scored 16 power play goals but given up 16 goals on the penalty kill.
The Predators sit atop the NHL in terms of points. It helps when you are the best team during 5v5 action. With 57 even-strength goals for the Predators and only 33 against, Nashville has a +24 goal differential. Until last week, the Predators has not lost back-to-back games. A long road trip wore them down, losing three straight games. Pekka Rinne is showing the world that the Vezina Trophy win was no fluke. However, the special teams. Thoughts and prayers still appreciated.
Can the Predators hold onto this spot as the season go? With wins against some of the best teams in the league under their belt, the Predators are poised for a good season.