With one month completed, 12 of the 15 Western Conference teams have already earned at least 10 points heading into this week's play ... Every team in the conference has earned at least 1 road win this season ... San Jose is the only team in the NHL with an unblemished home record this season (6-0-0) ... The Western Conference features 4 of the 5 highest scoring teams in the NHL this season ... This week's schedule features 8 out-of-conference match-ups. Western Conference teams hold a 29-18-4 record against Eastern Conference teams this season, but were only 6-5-2 last week.
Central Division The Central Division has a winning record againt the other two Western Conference divisions, 6-3-1 against the Northwest Division and 7-6-1 against the Pacific Division. The Central is the only division in the conference above .500 against the other two intra-confernce divisions ... St. Louis has played 8 home games and 2 road games through the first 10 games of the '08-09 season ... Detroit leads the NHL with 44 goals scored entering this week's action ... There are no intra-divisional games on the schedule for this week ... The division will play 3 games against Eastern Conference teams this week: Columbus at NY Islanders on Monday, Montreal at Columbus on Friday, and New Jersey at Detroit on Saturday.
Northwest Division All 5 teams in the Northwest Division have earned at least 10 points this season, joining the Northeast Division (Eastern Conference) as the only two divisions to make that claim ... Vancouver is the only Western Conference team with more than 1 overtime goal this season (2 OT goals) ... Minnesota and Colorado are the least penalized teams in the NHL this season, having been whistled for 39 and 52 penalties, respectively ... There are 2 intra-divisional games scheduled for this week: Minnesota at Colorado on Thursday and Minnesota at Vancouver on Saturday ... The division will play 2 games against Eastern Conference opponents this week: Edmonton at Pittsburgh on Thursday and Edmonton at New Jersey on Sunday.
Pacific Division San Jose leads the NHL with 19 goals scored in the second period, the most goals any team has scored in any period thus far this season ... Anaheim has been called for a NHL-high 109 penalties this season, 20 more than the next highest team in the league. The Ducks have been shorthanded 77 times this season, 14 more than any other team ... There are 4 intra-divisional games scheduled for this week: Anaheim at Los Angeles on Tuesday, Dallas at Anaheim on Friday, Dallas at San Jose on Saturday, and San Jose at Phoenix on Sunday ... The division will play 3 games against Eastern Conference opponents this week: Florida at Los Angeles on Thursday, Florida at Phoenix on Saturday, and Florida at Anaheim on Sunday.