NHL Overview

Written by Matthew Gusmerotti, The Woodgrove Outlander

Hockey season is in full swing.  With NHL teams just over 15 games played, they are fresh into the season.  Hockey has different divisions like any other sport, but they also have conferences which separate the teams into Eastern and Western conferences.

Ahead in the Eastern Conference are the Montreal Canadians, the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the New York Islanders.  Ahead in the Western Conference are the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Los Angeles Kings, and the Minnesota Wild.

Professional hockey differs from other sports regarding individual player stats. The NHL has a point system, which is a combination of assists and goals.

The NHL also has regular goals, and leading the league in points and goals is Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. From the Dallas Stars, Tyler Seguin is leading the league in assists.  For goalies, having the best ‘goals against average’ is Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche, with an average of 1.58 goals allowed.  He also has the best save percentage in the league.  Wins in hockey for a goalie are another big statistic, and Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild leads the NHL in wins.  Leading in shutouts is Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues.

Sportscasters are forecasting some potential milestones, including the prediction that Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes could reach 30,000 minutes played, Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes could reach 400 games played, goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers could reach 350 wins this season, and that Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals could reach 500 goals this season.  He is currently fourth all-time in goals among active players.