The New York Rangers are on a tear, but are it a good thing?
That depends on what you consider a good performance.
The New York Islanders have the highest-scoring team in the NHL, but that has been a problem in the first three games.
It’s a good problem to have, but it is something that has plagued the team throughout the season.
There has been little to no play on the penalty kill, so the Islanders have been one of the few teams to keep the opposition out of the net, and then shut them down.
They have struggled to get goals in recent games, and have been outscored 3-2.
Their only other win was a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
The Islanders are currently 1-4-2, and are on their fifth losing streak in six games.
If the Islanders continue to struggle offensively, and don’t make the playoffs, it will be difficult to sustain the same pace.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are on the verge of making a deep playoff run, but if they continue to fall apart defensively, they will be hard-pressed to get anywhere close to the success the team enjoyed early in the season, when they made the playoffs.
The Washington Capitals have been the most consistent team on the power play, and they have yet to let a goal slip through their net.
They are currently at 1-2-2 in their last eight games, with a 1-3-1 record since the All-Star break.
Washington has scored just one goal in that stretch.
The Capitals are still without top scorer Mikhail Grabovski (upper body), and center Nicklas Backstrom (hip), who both are out with injuries.
The Vancouver Canucks have been on a bit of a roll this season, but have lost seven of their last nine games.
They have allowed one goal or fewer in seven of those contests, but they have allowed 10 goals or more in all seven games this season.
They hold a 3-3 tie with the Anaheim Ducks for the second wild card in the Western Conference.
The Calgary Flames are at home against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, but the Canucks have played well over the past three games, posting a 4-0-2 record in those contests.
Calgary is tied with the Dallas Stars for first place in the Pacific Division.
The Winnipeg Jets are one of three teams with no losses in their past six games, but still haven’t had a victory.
Winnipeg has a four-game winning streak, including victories over the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers.
The Buffalo Sabres have played their best hockey of the season at home, but will look to win this game on Thursday.
The Sabres are currently 3-1-2 overall, and 3-0 in their first four games.
They are 3-6-1 on the road, and 2-5-2 at home.