Surprise! The NHL\’s biggest surprises so far

 When it comes to professional sports, surprises happen often so you might not even call them surprises. It is so early in the year that the top team only has 11 points but yet, all 30 teams have some surprises. So, surprise! The point of this post is the surprises, and here are the top 10 so far, so lets get into it.

   10. Montreal Canadians. If you lead the NHL in goals for per game and goals against per game, you know you\’re doing something right. That\’s the case in Montreal as they have a 3.83 goals scored per game and a 1.50 goals against per game. That\’s why they are 1st in the NHL with 11 points (5-0-1).

  9. Thomas Vanek, Gustav Nyquist and Mike Green. the 2 wingers and defenseman for Detroit are all having surprisingly good starts. they all have 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points.

 8. Andrew Ladd. The Islanders\’ winger signed a big deal in the off-season but he hasn\’t had a great start. He\’s had some chances but he has just 1 point, being an empty net assist.

 7. Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. The first 2 overall picks in the draft have both had a solid start to their career. Matthews has 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points while Laine has 4 goals and an assist for 5 points.

 6. Brandon Carlo. The 6.5 defenseman has been Boston\’s best so far with 2 points and a +7 rating in just 5 games.

  5. Jimmy Howard and Cam Talbot. Both these goalies aren\’t really supposed to be doing amazing. Howard has only played 2 games but leads qualifying goalies in GAA (0.50) and Sv% (.984). Talbot leads the league in wins (5) and got his only shutout in the Heritage Classic.

 4. Shea Weber. There\’s no question that Weber is a top defenseman. but after being traded for a fan favorite in P.K. Subban, there was a lot of pressure on Weber. So far, Weber has been amazing, scoring 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points and leading the NHL in +/- , being a +10.

  3. Jonathan Marchessault. The main reason the Panthers signed Marchessault was for offensive depth. Marchessault has been way more then depth, leading the team in points with 7 (3 goals and 4 assists).

 2. Artem Anisimov and Richard Panik. the 2 Chicago linemates have been amazing with Anisimov leading the league in points with 9 and Panik leading the league in goals with 6.

  

1. Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers. 2 of the 3 Canadian teams in the Pacific division, both the Canucks and Oilers were projected by many to not be a good team. That hasn\’t been the case at all with the Oilers being second in the league with 10 points and the Canucks tied for 3rd with 9 points.

 So, there are my top 10 surprises of the season so far. This was posted on 10/25 so it might not be the same date yoy are reading this. If you disagree, or have another surprise that wasn\’t on this list, write it in the comments below. So, for now, that\’s the end of the biggest surprises so far.

     

A Day In Hockey: 10/22


 In the 8th edition of a day in hockey, there was 12 NHL games. Here were the scores:
Maple Leafs 4 – Blackhawks 5; Rangers 4 –  Capitals 2; Canadians 4 – Bruins 2; Hurricanes 3 – Flyers 6; Lightning 4 – Senators 1; Avalanche 2 – Panthers 5;
Sharks 0 – Red Wings 3; Wild 1 – Devils 2; Penguins 1 – Predators 5;
Blue Jackets 3 – Stars 0; Canucks 3 – Kings 4; Blues 6 – Flames 4.
 Those were the scores.

 The 3 stars of the day were:

 3. Shane Harper. In just his 5th NHL game, Harper didn\’t just score his first NHL goal, Harper scored his first 2 goals to lead the Panthers to a 5-2 victory over the Avs.

2. Sergei Bobrovsky. The goalie of the Blue Jackets was able to find away to beat both Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn plus other weapons on the Stars team by recording a 32 save shutout.

1. David Perron. Perron was looking to impress the St. Louis management after signing with them in the off-season. Perron scored his first 3 goals as a Blue to lead them to a 6-4 win over Calgary.
 And those were your 3 stars of the day.
 There was quite a lot of news on Saturday mostly because of the Heritage Classic .(which the Oilers and Jets alumni game was Saturday and the real game is Sunday) Here are the other top headlines: Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk expected to miss a month. Coyotes goalie Mike Smith out week to week. Scott Stevens tears up watching Devils tribute (he\’s the assistant coach of the Wild after being a former captain for New Jersey). Martin Brodeur statue unveiled by Devils.
  And that will conclude the 8th edition of a day in hockey.

A Day in Hockey: 10/21

 In the 7th edition of a day in hockey, there were just 3 NHL games. Here are the scores:
Coyotes 2 – Islanders 3
Blackhawks 2 – Blue Jackets 3
Predators 3 – Red Wings 5
 Those were the scores.

 Here are your 3 stars of the day:
 3. Gustav Nyquist. The only forward star of the day, Nyquist\’s goal and an assist lead his \’Wings to a 5-3 victory.

 2. Zach Werenski. The rookie defenseman has taken a solid impact to the Blue Jackets team even though they were the last NHL team to win a game. Werenski\’s goal and assist helped the Jackets get that win, a 3-2 victory over Chicago.

 1. Johnny Boychuk. As a defenseman, Boychuk made an outstanding effort to get a breakaway, leading to a goal by Ryan Strome against his brother Dylan\’s Coyotes. Later in the game, when it\’s tied at 2 and the Coyotes have a powerplay, Boychuk\’s wicked slapper won the game for his Isles.
 And those were your 3 stars of the day.

There wasn\’t much news coming out of the day but you don\’t expect that when there is only 3 games. The top 2 headlines were:
 Ryan Strome wins first meeting of Strome brothers. Flyers\’ RW Dale Weise suspended 3 games for a blow to the head of Duck\’s defenseman Korbinian Holzer.

 And that will conclude the 7th edition of a day in hockey.

A Day in Hockey: 10/18

 In the 6th edition of a day in hockey, there were 12 games. Here were the scores:
 Sharks 3 – Islanders 2; Avalanche 0 – Capitals 3; Ducks 1 – Devils 2; Penguins 0 – Canadians 4; Panthers 3 – Lightning 4; Coyotes 4 – Senators 7; Stars 2 – Predators 1; Kings 3 – Wild 6; Flyers 4 – Blackhawks 7; Sabres 3 – Flames 4; Hurricanes 2 – Oilers 3; Blues 1 – Canucks 2.

Here are your 3 stars of the day:
 3. T.J Oshie. Oshie\’s 2 goals helped power his Caps to a 3-0 shutout win over the Avs.
 2. Taylor Hall. After being acquired by New Jersey in the 2nd biggest trade of the off-season, the left winger scored his first 2 goals with the Devils in a 2-1 win.

1. Al Montoya. The Canadians backup has had to come through big for his team while Carey Price has a flu. Montoya did just that when he recorded a 36 save shutout vs. the reigning champs.

 And those were your 3 stars of the day

There was not as much news as you would expect coming out of a 12 game day but there was some. Here are the top headlines: Carey Price expects to play Thursday. Marian Hossa scores 500th career goal. G Jonathan Quick out indefinitely for Kings. First 2 overall picks Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine to faceoff on Wednesday.
 And that will conclude the 6th edition of a day in hockey.

A Day in hockey: 10/17

 In the 5th edition of a day in hockey, there was 4 games. Here are the scores:
 Avalanche 4 – Penguins 3; Sharks 4 – Rangers 7; Senators 1 – Red Wings 5; Bruins 4 – Jets 1.

 Here are your 3 stars of the day:
 3. Darren Helm. Helm\’s 2 goals were all Detroit needed in a 5-1 win.

 2. Gabriel Landeskog. Against the reigning champs, Landeskog tied it up in the 3rd and won in OT for his Avs.

 1. Mike Green. Even though the defenseman had 30 goals one year, he never recorded a hatrick. That\’s what Green did last night against the Senators. Besides 3 goals, Green was a fantasy beast with 4 PIM as well.
 And those are your 3 stars of the day.
 There wasn\’t much news yesterday but there was some. The top headlines were:
 Lightning set to honor former captain and franchise goal-scoring leader Vincent Lecavalier. Braden Holtby\’s world cup mask sells for more than 27,000 on an auction. LW Jimmy Vesey scores first NHL goal.
 And that will conclude the 5th edition of a day in hockey.