The NHL 13 season has moved into December, and the surprise Montreal Canadiens have maintained their position atop the NHL standings. The Atlantic Division leading Devils lead the last place Rangers by just three points in the tightest division race, and in the Western Conference, Nashville, Edmonton, and the LA Kings are all division leaders.
Here are the standings through December 1, 2012
New Jersey Devils- 13-6-2 28pts
Pittsburgh Penguins- 13-8-2 28pts
New York Islanders- 11-8-3 25pts
Philadelphia Flyers- 11-8-3 25pts
New York Rangers- 12-9-1 25pts
Who’s Hot: The New York Islanders have gotten points in eight of their last nine games with a record of 5-1-3.
Who’s Not: The Pittsburgh Penguins maintain their second place spot in the division but have been inconsistent with a 6-4 record over their last ten.
Montreal Canadiens- 15-4-2 32pts
Boston Bruins- 12-9-1 25pts
Buffalo Sabres- 10-7-3 23pts
Ottawa Senators- 9-9-4 22pts
Toronto Maple Leafs- 10-10-1 21pts
Who’s Hot: The Montreal Canadiens are 6-1 in their last seven games and boast the leagues best record at 15-4-2.
Who’s Not: The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone 5-5 since their 5-5-1 start. The inconsistent play has kept the Leafs in the Northeast basement.
Carolina Hurricanes- 12-9-3 27pts
Florida Panthers- 12-7-2 26pts
Winnipeg Jets- 12-8-0 24pts
Tampa Bay Lightning- 7-13-0 14pts
Washington Capitals- 6-15-2 14pts
Who’s Hot: The Carolina Hurricanes are 5-3-3 in their last 11 games, and have taken over first place in the division.
Who’s Not: The Washington Capitals are 2-7 in their last nine games, and now own the worst record in the NHL, a half game behind the Ducks.
Nashville Predators- 11-7-5 27pts
Columbus Blue Jackets- 13-8-0 26pts
Detroit Red Wings- 11-8-4 26pts
St. Louis Blues- 12-8-0 24pts
Chicago Blackhawks- 9-11-2 20pts
Who’s Hot: The Columbus Blue Jackets are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and trail division leading Nashville by one point.
Who’s Not: The Chicago Blackhawks are 4-6-1 over the last three weeks and continue to sit at the bottom of the Central Division.
Edmonton Oilers- 14-6-1 29pts
Vancouver Canucks- 10-8-5 25pts
Calgary Flames- 10-7-3 23pts
Colorado Avalanche- 9-9-4 22pts
Minnesota Wild- 10-11-2 22pts
Who’s Hot: The Edmonton Oilers are 7-2 in their last nine and have opened a four point lead in the division.
The Colorado Avalanche are 6-2-1 in their last nine and jumped ahead of the Wild in the division.
Who’s Not: The Minnesota Wild are 4-5-1 over the past three weeks and find themselves at the botom of the Northwest Division.
Los Angeles Kings- 12-6-5 29pts
San Jose Sharks- 13-6-2 28pts
Phoenix Coyotes- 11-9-0 22pts
Dallas Stars- 10-12-2 22pts
Anaheim Ducks- 6-14-2 14pts
Who’s Hot: The Anaheim Ducks are 5-3-1 in their last nine after starting the season 1-11-1. Still a lot of work to do for the Ducks who’s playoff hopes might end before the new year.
Who’s Not: The Phoenix Coyotes are 2-5 over their last seven games falling seven points behind the division leading Kings.
NHL Points Leaders G A P
D. Sedin (Van) 13 15 28
A. Ovechkin (Was) 17 9 26
P. Datsyuk (Det) 10 15 25
I. Kovalchuck (NJD) 17 8 25
H. Zetterberg (Det) 8 17 25
J. Thornton (SJ) 5 19 24
R. Nugent-Hopkins (Edm) 9 14 23
Z.Parise (Min) 5 18 23
J. Toews (Chi) 11 11 22
S. Crosby (Pit) 14 8 22
J.Quick (LAK)- 12
H. Lundqvist (NYR)- 12
C. Price (Mon)- 11
O. Pavelec (CBJ)- 10
C. Ward (Car)- 10
Injury Report 11/27-11/29
11/27- Johan Franzen (Det) is out 5 to 6 weeks.
Patrick Kane (Chi) is out 5 to 6 weeks.
11/ 28- Joffrey Lupul (Tor) is out 8 to 12 weeks.
Kimmo Timmonen (Phi) is out 8 to 9 weeks.
11/29- Daniel Alfredsson (Ott) is out for 8 weeks.