Phil Kessel leads the NHL in points with 18 points after the month of October(Source: DARREN CALABRESE/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Looking Around The NHL: October 2011


With the 1st month of the NHL season in the books, lets look back at the highs and the lows thus far throughout the entire league.

In the Eastern Conference, many people believed the Boston Bruins would start where they left off last season, but sadly they find themselves at the bottom of the league while teams like Ottawa and Toronto continue to climb up the standings. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators were constantly in the basement of the Eastern Conference last season, but this season the Maple Leafs are currently in 2nd place in the East, and the Senators are currently in 4th with a current 6 game winning streak to end the month.

Early in the season, the Montreal Canadians were on the brink of firing Jacques Martin, but have slowly started to creep back into the mix. Probably the most dominate team in the Eastern Conference after the first month was the Washington Capitals. Washington started 7-0-0, which shouldn’t be much of surprise, but after losing two games in a row, the Florida Panthers find themselves 1 point behind them in the Southeast Division.

If the thought the Eastern Conference was intense, the Western Conference has been just as mind-boggling.

Currently in 1st place are the Dallas Stars. Many people believed that the Stars were going to spend the entire season at the bottom of the Conference since they lost Brad Richards to the New York Rangers, but the opposite was to said when they totaled 16 points in 11 games during the month of October thanks to Kari Lehtonen. But that’s not even the most interesting part of the Western Conference.

The Edmonton Oilers selected Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the 1st overall pick in this past draft and ever since then, the Edmonton Oilers have been the biggest surprise of the entire NHL. Although it’s hard too believe, they are currently tied with the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the Western Conference after the month of October.

Other surprising stories throughout the first month come from the city of Colorado, who selected 2nd overall in this past draft Gabriel Landeskog and currently sit in 5th in the Western Conference, ahead of teams like the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings.

With so much going on throughout the 1st month of this exciting NHL season probably the most intriguing question of all is when will Sidney Crosby be back? Many have said that he looks good and he’s ready too go, while others say he still needs more time to heal. It’s almost been a year since his concussions and although they sit at the top of the Eastern Conference the Pittsburgh Penguins hope their All Star can come back sometime in the month of November.

Notable league leaders after the month of October:

Goals: Phil Kessel— 10 (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Assists: Erik Karlsson— 12 (Ottawa Senators)

Average Time On Ice: James Wisniewski— 28:21 (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Goals Against Average: Nikolai Khabibulin— 1.12 (Edmonton Oilers)

Wins: Kari Lehtonen — 8 (Dallas Stars)

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