Here are the big boys in the NHL as of this week. The biggest surprise and newcomer to this region of the NHL are the Florida Panthers. Up to this point in the regular season, the Panthers have looked scary and on top of that a team that can seriously contend for a Stanley Cup. Do they have what it takes to take down the current kings of the Sunshine State in the Tampa Bay Lightning?
With that, hockey is alive and very well in the southeast (I hate to break it to you Arizona, but your location is not why your team is suffering).
On top of the Panthers having a great season, Tampa Bay and Carolina have also had fantastic seasons up to this point. The New York Rangers rebuild is starting to really take shape as they look like another team you wouldn’t want to see come playoff time. Also, is this finally Colorado’s year? The Avs have been building something special in the Rockies and look even better this season.