A week has passed since the 2015-16 NHL season began. Six teams remain winless. A few of them are unsurprising: Edmonton, New Jersey, Toronto and Carolina were all expected to race to the bottom of the NHL standings this year anyways. That they're taking longer to earn a victory should come as a shock to no one.
What is somewhat surprising are the other teams without a win. Pittsburgh. Los Angeles. Anaheim. Columbus. All teams prepared to fight for playoff positions in march. All teams struggling to find their footing in October for one reason or another.
It took playing a team with poor possession, a leaky defense and an inconsistent netminder but the Boston Bruins finally removed themselves from that list on Wednesday. After getting outscored 16-7 in their first three games, Boston looked reinvigorated with a few new names in the lineup and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson in the net. They made a 6-2 win in Colorado look easy at times after a few games making everything look difficult.
The same couldn't be said for the Blue Jackets and Ducks, however. Columbus is off to its worst start in 15 years as a NHL franchise, with a 7-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday capping off a miserable quartet of games to start the season.
And for a team expected to be the class of the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks have looked lifeless offensively. After a 4-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, the Ducks are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL this season with just one score to their name. That flew when they were keeping as many pucks out of the net as they scored, but their defense looked tame in comparison to the Coyotes' speed and youth.
The standings make no sense right now. Enjoy the chaos; it's unlikely teams like the Ducks will remain this dormant for long.
Ottawa Senators 7, Columbus Blue Jackets 3
Boston Bruins 6, Colorado Avalanche 2
Arizona Coyotes 4, Anaheim Ducks 0
3 things we learned
1. The Coyotes are fun!
No, really. The team that had one of the three worst records last season is actually pretty entertaining this year. You can credit a lot of that to young guys like Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, who both torched the Ducks in the first period on Wednesday to chase Anton Khudobin out of Anaheim's net. Could Arizona be this year's Calgary Flames?
2. Columbus is reeling
The worst-looking team in the league has to be the Blue Jackets, who fell to 0-4-0 with a demoralizing home loss to the Senators. The Jackets gave up seven goals, five of which were unanswered, and resulted in some pretty depressing quotes after the game.
#CBJ coach Todd Richards says that after giving up 20 goals in 4 games, the team seems to be lacking trust in the systems and each other.— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) October 15, 2015
#CBJ G Sergei Bobrovsky: "I have zero confidence right now. It's a tough time."— Shawn Mitchell (@smitchcd) October 15, 2015
3. Steve Mason's job might be in danger
At least, it will be if Michal Neuvirth keeps this up. The Flyers backup recorded his second consecutive shutout this year against the defending champion Blackhawks on Wednesday, Neuvirth stopped all 30 shots he faced, extending his scoreless streak to 132:05. With good goaltending and decent defense this Flyers team looks somewhat threatening.
There were seven moments that left a pretty big impact on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Just listen as each goal against leaves the Blue Jackets broadcasters more and more despondent.
Stat of the Night
San Jose, Arizona on the left. Pittsburgh, Columbus, L.A., Boston on the right. Just as we all predicted! pic.twitter.com/Q2FjbcInZS— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) October 15, 2015
I don't understand the NHL anymore.
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