|A home-and-home sweep of the Penguins sends a statement to the rest of the league: the Isles are for real. They've won eight of their last 10 games. And man, they're fun to watch.|
|Tidy weekend with road wins in Ottawa and Winnipeg. What a beast this team is down the middle with Jori Lehtera, Paul Stastny and David Backes.|
|An impressive win in Montreal is tempered by the back-to-back losses to the Islanders.|
|The Ducks have points in 10 of their last 11 games (5-1-5). A good one is on tap for Black Friday with the Blackhawks visiting the Honda Center.|
|Topsy-turvy week as bad losses to the Penguins and Rangers bookend impressive wins over the Blues and Bruins. The Habs have now won nine of the last 10 regular-season games versus the Bruins, going back two years.|
|Carey Price and Jonathan Quick, among others, might have something to say about it, but my early season Vezina pick goes to Pekka Rinne.|
|The Kings woke up too late in Dallas on Saturday night to complete the comeback. The loss snapped a three-game win streak.|
|Like the Kings, a three-game win streak was snapped; for the Blackhawks, it came Sunday night in Vancouver. The Hawks have scored at least one power-play goal in five straight games.|
|A pair of bad losses in Long Island and Toronto eased with Saturday's tight 2-1 win over Minnesota.|
|I picked these guys to make the playoffs before the season, and so far they're not contradicting that prediction. The Canucks had an impressive 4-1 win over the Blackhawks on Sunday night.|
|I did not, however, pick these guys to make the playoffs. The biggest surprise of the season hasn't faded (yet), winning four of their last five.|
|The Bruins had a three-game win streak snapped by, well, who else -- they have lost all three games to the Canadiens this season. There is one chance left to fix their mental demons before a possible playoff matchup with the Habs.|
|Make it five goals in his last five games for Slovak Tomas Tatar, who should easily surpass the 19 goals he scored last season.|
|A four-game win streak was snapped with 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Nino Niederreiter is having a terrific opening quarter of the season.|
|The Panthers went 2-1-1 on tough four-gamer through Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Nashville.|
|Are the Blueshirts turning a corner? Shutout wins over Flyers and Habs during the past week might indicate as much.|
|Big five-game road trip opens Monday at Detroit and brings the Sens through St. Louis, Florida, Tampa Bay and Long Island.|
|Just four wins in November for an inconsistent Sharks team that has lost twice each this season to the Sabres and Blue Jackets.|
|I think we're witnessing the turnaround now, folks. And how much fun is rookie blueliner John Klingberg to watch? Oh my gosh.|
|The Jets have dropped four of their last five games but are still sitting in the middle of the Central Division race.|
|We salute the Maple Leafs for responding to the crisis-igniting 9-2 shellacking at home at the hands of the Predators by then beating the Lightning and Red Wings. Seriously, we salute them.|
|Losing at home to the Sabres is always fun. A nice test will come this week with home-and-home series against the scorching Islanders.|
|I really thought these guys would be better this season. Still lots of time to prove me right. They have lost three of four heading into Tuesday's game at Vancouver.|
|Saturday's home win against Columbus was a must, ending a four-game losing streak. Next, a big game Monday night on Long Island.|
|You used to know what this team was about. They had a well-earned identity, they made you earn every inch of the ice. We haven't seen that team in a couple of years.|
|At what point do you start to think this is just not going to happen this season? The defending Central Division champs keep spinning their wheels.|
|They put together some big streaks in the second half last season, I know, but this is pushing it, no?|
|The Hurricanes have dropped five of six games and the Connor McDavid watch is back on.|
|Three straight wins for the Sabres! Which has their fans saying, "Stop it! We want the No. 1 pick!"|
|They need help at center, the goaltending isn't good enough, the defense still needs boosting. The same script is getting boring. You have to think changes are coming.|
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Kings Blank Wild
Martin Jones had 28 saves in the Kings' 4-0 win over the Wild.
Red Wings Skate Past Flyers
The Red Wings beat the Flyers 5-2 for their second straight win.
Lightning Strike Rangers
Ryan Callahan scored twice in the Lightning's 4-3 win over the Rangers.
Bickell Lifts Blackhawks
Bryan Bickell scored a goal late in the third period to help the Blackhawks defeat the Avalanche 3-2.
Comeau Lifts Penguins Past Maple Leafs
Blake Comeau's hat trick helped the Penguins top the Maple Leafs in overtime 4-3.
Islanders Win In OT
John Tavares' overtime goal lifted the Islanders past the Capitals 3-2.