The first month of the season is in the books and only four points seperate first through 10th in the Conference playoff seeding.
Individually, Patrick Sharp (Chicago) and Chris Stewart (Colorado) lead the conference (tied for second in the NHL) in points with 16. Sharp also leads the NHL in goals (10). Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), Duncan Keith (Chicago), John-Micheal Liles (Colorado), Brad Richards (Dallas), and Henrik Sedin (Vancouver) are all tied for the NHL assists lead with 11.
Central Division As the calendar moves in the November, all five teams in the division hold down playoff seeds in the Western Conference. The division has produced seven of the 16 conference playoff seeds the past two season, most in the conference over that span (Pacific-5; Northwest-4) ... St. Louis ranks first in the NHL in fewest shots against per game (25.8) and second in most shots taken per game (34.6) ... Central Division teams have a record of 7-8-0 when trailing after the first period (.467 winning percentage). The rest of the NHL is a combined 21-65-6 when trailing after the first period (.228 winning percentage) ... The Division will play six games against the Eastern Conference this week, two at home and four on the road: Montreal at Columbus on Tuesday, New Jersey at Chicago on Wednesday, Columbus at Atlanta on Thursday, St. Louis at Boston and Chicago at Atlanta on Saturday, and St. Louis at the NY Rangers on Sunday. Entering this week the Division is a combined 7-1-2 in 10 games against Eastern Conference foes ... There are no intra-divisional match-ups this week.
Northwest Division Colorado leads the Western Conference (and ranks second in the NHL) with 3.46 goals per game this season, however the Avalanche are tied for last in the league with an average of 3.54 goals against this season ... Vancouver leads the NHL in team faceoff percentage (56.5%) ... Northwest Division teams are 15-4-2 when leading after the first period, but just 1-9-3 when trailing after the opening frame ... The Division has no games against the Eastern Conference this week. The Northwest is a combined 7-5-1 against the East, but 8-8-4 against the other two Western Conference divisions ... There are three intra-divisional match-ups on the schedule this week: Vancouver at Edmonton on Tuesday, Vancouver at Colorado on Thursday, and Calgary at Minnesota on Friday.
Pacific Division San Jose leads the NHL in power-play efficiency at 31.8% ... Dallas is last in the league in penalty kill with 68.4% ... Pacific Division teams are a combined 12-2-1 when leading after the first period, tops among the three Western Conference divisions. However, teams in the division are 5-9-0 when trailing after the first period ... The Division will play six games against Eastern Conference teams this week, all at home: Pittsburgh at Dallas and Tampa Bay at Anaheim on Wednesday, Tampa Bay at Los Angeles on Thursday, Pittsburgh at Anaheim on Friday, and Pittsburgh at Phoenix and Tampa Bay at San Jose on Saturday. Heading into this week, the Pacific is a combined 10-7-3 in 20 games against Eastern Conference foes ... There is just one intra-divisional match-up on the schedule for this week: Phoenix at Dallas on Friday.