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NHL Top 10 Teams entering Week 13

Glenn Kaplan
ANALYST
137   //    26 Dec 2017, 10:50 IST

Winnipeg Jets v New York Islanders
Winnipeg Jets v New York Islanders

The NHL is currently on a mini-break because of the holidays but games will resume on Wednesday. This break will either help some teams or hurt some teams. There is still time in the season for teams to improve. Here are this week's top 10 NHL teams:

10. Toronto Maple Leafs: They had a little luck on their side in Saturday's 3-2 win against the New York Rangers. Auston Matthews returned from his injury. Toronto hasn't been themselves lately. Maybe this break will help them reset. Toronto's record is 22-14-1 with 45 points. Last week's ranking: 10.

9. Washington Capitals: Washington has lost two games in a row and the break might have came at a perfect time for them. Maybe it would have gotten worse for them. They have been a lot better though, than they were at the beginning of the year. Washington's record is 22-13-2 with 46 points. Last week's ranking: 5.

8. Winnipeg Jets: Losing 5-2 against the New York Islanders was a bit of a surprise on Saturday. Well it is obvious that Connor Hellebuyck makes a big difference in net because Steve Mason was horrendous. Winnipeg has scored 121 goals this season which leads the western conference. Winnipeg's record is 20-11-6 with 46 points. Last week's ranking: 4.

7. Los Angeles Kings: The Kings have one of the best goals scored/goals given up differential in the NHL. They have scored 109 goals and given up 85 goals. The Kings are a roller coaster team. Los Angeles will be a threat come playoff time, but their inconsistency is a bit of a concern. Their record is 22-11-4 with 48 points. Last week's ranking: 8.

6. Columbus Blue Jackets: They lost a tough 3-2 game in the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, but they were able to bounce back with a 2-1 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday Night. Sergei Bobrovsky continues to be outstanding between the pipes for Columbus. He had 39 saves vs Pittsburgh and 30 saves vs Philadelphia. Last week's ranking: 9.

5. Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights continue to be the cinderella story of the NHL this season. Vegas plays very good team hockey and different guys contribute each night. Their defensive core is very underrated. Vegas's record this season is 23-9-2 with 48 points. Last week's ranking: 6.

4. Nashville Predators: After Nashville went on a hot streak, they have gone on a little cooling down streak and it may not necessarily be a good thing. Nashville has lost three in a row. The break comes at a perfect time for them. Nashville's record is 21-9-5 with 47 points so far this season. Last week's ranking: 2.

3. New Jersey Devils: The Devils have won four straight games and they have had some impressive wins including Thursday's 4-3 shootout win against the New York Rangers and Saturday's 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. New Jersey is one of the biggest surprises in the NHL this season. Brian Boyle continues to be an influence for the Devils and he scored a couple of goals over the past week. New Jersey's record this season is 21-9-5 with 47 points. Last week's ranking: 7.

2. St. Louis Blues: The Blues aren't a fancy team, but they continue to find ways to win hockey games. It doesn't matter how you get it done, but winning is the most important thing. They have scored 113 goals this season and given up 94. The Blues record is 23-13-2 with 48 points. Last week's ranking: 3.

1.Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning is a team that's on a mission this season. They have scored 133 goals and given up 87. That is the best goals scored/goals given up differential in the NHL. Andrei Vasilevskiy's record is 23-5-1 with a .932 save percentage and a 2.13 GAA, along with four shutouts. Tampa Bay's record is 26-7-2 with 54 points. Last week's ranking: 1.

Glenn Kaplan
ANALYST
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