That the Washington Capitals sit first in the East Division shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, this is training that builds on several veterans. But, that’s how the Capitals got into the Top 3 overall.
They faced adversity with sticky panache of victories despite the absence of four regular players, including Alexander Ovechkin, who scored the winning goal on Saturday night against the Boston Bruins.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Canadiens could have edged the Capitals in the strength standings, but the Capitals achieved the unthinkable of winning games with the sidelines of the mainstays in attack, due to a serious error in relative judgment. to the health recommendations established by the National League.
The Maple Leafs and the Canadiens suffered the loss on Saturday night, the Habs for the first time on a regular basis, as Connor McDavid dealt with the Leafs in overtime. Despite everything, we expected a constant struggle in the Canadian division, the clues do not lie.
- The Flames finally won a game after three straight losses and they demonstrated, Saturday, against the Canadian, that they were a team with the manpower to infiltrate the top 3.
- The Canucks, despite a worrying start to the season, are currently on fire and they land in Montreal tonight. Four straight wins including an impressive win in Winnipeg.
- The Jets may have suffered the loss to the Canucks, but it will be a team with many resources when Pierre-Luc Dubois makes his roster debut in the coming days.
- The Oilers? A vulnerable defense, two goalkeepers who can not compete with those of the Canadian division, it risks causing a lot of concern to the decision makers of the organization.
If the leaders of the National League wanted a spectacular start to the season, they are well served. The competition is like the playoffs and a schedule of 56 games does not allow any respite.
The formula in effect for the purpose of reducing expenses and fighting the pandemic will certainly be retained for further study. The results are amazing and it seems to appeal to amateurs.
The matches are played with a lot of enthusiasm, the competition is intense and you have the impression of attending a tournament involving 31 teams with very high ambitions.
Obviously, the four divisions offer different characteristics, in the east, we find formations that have rivalries going back several years. In the Canadian division, it is a fight to end between teams which are well off allowing no relaxation. In the central division, we find the two finalists from last year while in the west, we foresee a merciless fight between three teams.
NB: Our first ranking of forces does not include seven of the eight games played yesterday in the National League. The New Jersey Devils’ victory over the Buffalo Sabers is on record.