The NHL 13 season simulation continues, and the Montreal Canadiens continue to dominate the league. Montreal has an eight point lead on second place Edmonton for top spot in the league. The Ducks continue to surge after their pitiful start to the season, and who would have thought that Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals would be battling Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning for worst team in the league?
Here are the standings and league leaders through December 15th:
Philadelphia Flyers- 16-10-4 36 pts
Pittsburgh Penguins- 16-12-3 35 pts
New York Rangers- 16-11-2 34 pts
New York Islanders- 14-11-5 33 pts
New Jersey Devils- 14-11-2 30 pts
Who’s Hot: The Flyers went 5-2-1 over the two week stretch and jumped from fourth in the division to the the top.
Who’s Not: The Devils are in a mini tailspin right now going 1-5 over their last six games, and went from first in the division to last.
Montreal Canadiens- 21-5-4 46 pts
Boston Bruins- 17-10-3 37 pts
Toronto Maple Leafs- 15-12-1 31 pts
Ottawa Senators- 13-11-5 31 pts
Buffalo Sabres- 13-11-4 30 pts
Who’s Hot: The Montreal Canadiens are 6-1-2 over their last nine games and have a strangle hold on he Northeast division right now.
The Boston Bruins are 5-1-2 over their last eight games, but have been overshadowed by an overachieving Canadien team.
Who’s Not: The Buffalo Sabres are 3-4-1 over the last two weeks and are now at the bottom of the division.
Carolina Hurricanes- 16-13-3 35 pts
Winnipeg Jets- 16-10-1 33 pts
Florida Panthers- 14-10-4 32 pts
Washington Capitals- 10-18-2 22 pts
Tampa Bay Lightning- 10-17-0 20 pts
Who’s Hot: The Winnipeg Jets are 4-2-1 over their last seven games and are within two points of the division lead.
Who’s Not: Just look at the bottom two teams in the division. Their records combined would put them four points behind Montreal.
Nashville Predators- 14-10-6 34 pts
Columbus Blue Jackets- 16-11-1 33 pts
Detroit Red Wings- 14-10-5 33 pts
St. Louis Blues- 15-13-0 30 pts
Chicago Blackhawks- 12-13-4 28 pts
Who’s Hot: The Detroit Red Wings are 3-2-1 in their last six games and quietly sit one point behind division leading Nashville.
Who’s Not: The St. Louis Blues are 3-5 over the last two weeks.
Edmonton Oilers- 18-9-2 38 pts
Colorado Avalanche- 14-11-4 32 pts
Vancouver Canucks- 13-11-6 32 pts
Calgary Flames- 13-10-4 30 pts
Minnesota Wild- 14-14-2 30 pts
Who’s Hot: The Edmonton Oilers are 4-3-1 in their last eight games, and have a six point division lead.
The Colorado Avalanche are 5-2 in their last seven games.
Who’s Not: The Vancouver Canucks are 3-3-1 over the last two weeks and drop to third in the division.
San Jose Sharks- 17-9-3 37 pts
Los Angeles Kings- 15-9-6 36 pts
Phoenix Coyotes- 16-11-0 32 pts
Dallas Stars- 13-15-3 29 pts
Anaheim Ducks- 10-14-4 24 pts
Who’s Hot: The Ducks continue to stay red hot going 4-0-2 over their last six games, and find themselves in the hunt for a playoff spot again.
Who’s Not: The Kings are 3-3-1 over the last two weeks and have surrendered the division lead to the San Jose Sharks.
NHL Points Leaders G A P
A. Ovechkin (Was) 23 12 35
D. Sedin (Van) 16 19 35
P. Datsyuk (Det) 12 18 30
J. Pavelski (SJ) 9 21 30
C. Giroux (Phi) 10 20 30
J. Thornton (SJ) 9 20 29
J. Tavares (NYI) 11 18 29
M. Pacioretty (Mon) 16 13 29
J. Toews (Chi) 15 13 28
Z. Parise (Min) 6 22 28
Wins (Goals Against Avg)
H. Lundqvist (NYR)- 16 (2.39)
C. Price (Mon)- 16 (1.89)
J. Quick (LAK)- 14 (2.33)
C. Ward (Car)- 14 (2.12)
M. Kiprusoff (Cal)- 13 (2.17)
This will be the final week of division standings. The season is heading into January and the playoff picture will be taking shape. The rest of the season will be conference standings showing who is in the playoffs and who is out.