Which team’s hot start to 2021 season isn’t a fluke?
The start of every NHL season makes sure to bring surprises. Some groups leave to unforeseen hot starts. Groups that were pegged to compete can in some cases stumble out of eviction.
Less than 10 video games in, we’re quite still in the “small sample size” part of the season. Some hot beginners will undoubtedly come crashing back to Earth. Some slow-starting teams will get rid of the rust and quickly kick it into high equipment.
However a few of what we’re seeing is genuine, too.
With that in mind, our concern today is: Which group’s hot start to the 2021 NHL season isn’t a fluke?
Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights went into the year as a Stanley Cup competitor and the early returns on their season (5-1-1, initially in the West Department) have actually not dissatisfied. (Of note, 4 of 7 video games protested the Arizona Coyotes.) They rank in the leading half of the league in scoring and objectives versus. Mark Stone is appearing like a really, extremely early MVP prospect (2 objectives, 11 points), Max Pacioretty is connected for the league lead in objectives (6) and Shea Theodore has 7 points in 7 video games, great for 3rd in the league amongst defensemen. Vegas is set to play its 2nd video game in a row Thursday with basic supervisor Kelly McCrimmon behind the bench due to the fact that the training personnel is self-isolating “out of an abundance of caution” after somebody on the personnel checked favorable for COVID-19. — Jimmy Hascup
Montreal Canadiens: The Habs and Washington Capitals are the only groups that have actually played more than 3 video games and have yet to lose in guideline. The early secret for Montreal? The highest-scoring offense in the NHL (4.89 objectives per video game), paced by wise totally free representative acquisition Tyler Toffoli (5 objectives, 3 helps in 6 video games). Now the Canadiens most likely will not score almost 5 objectives a video game the entire season … however it definitely does not appear like their scoring is going to dry up entirely. Montreal has the advantage of playing this season specifically versus its fellow Canadian groups, the worst of which – Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver – normally appear like a mess on defense and the very best of which – Toronto and Winnipeg – are barely called shutdown systems. Consider that Carey Cost most likely isn’t going to publish a sub-.900 save portion all season … it promises we’ll be seeing Montreal in the postseason. — Jace Evans
Winnipeg Jets: It’s uncommon to see 3 dissatisfied gamers as part of one trade, however the Jets’ offer with heaven Jackets might assist Winnipeg develop on its 5-2 start. Newbie Pierre-Luc Dubois, whose dad is on the Manitoba Moose’s training personnel, will offer the Jets strong depth at center with Mark Scheifele and Paul Stastny when he clears quarantine. Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic are entered the trade, however Laine was injured and Roslovic was anonymous. Resurgent Nikolaj Ehlers and breakout Andrew Copp sign up with Blake Wheeler and Scheifele in leading the NHL’s second-ranked (objectives per video game) offense. With ruling Vezina Prize winner Connor Hellebuyck in net, the Jets might make some sound in the North Department.
— Mike Brehm
This post initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: 2021 NHL season argument: Which groups’ hot start isn’t a fluke?
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.