|The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the famous Nightmares Fear Factory|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Most thought that the Nash/Carter combo was going to be lethal this season. Most thought that a team with the 5th highest payroll would compete this season, but an 0-8 start? Now Jeff Carter is injured, their attendance is brutally low and their performance is dismal so we're a little scared for the future of this franchise.
First he's training all summer long and is feeling great, and then he misses games with scar soreness? Is this going to be a lingering issue? He's already burned some fantasy owners who took him as a Top 5 pick, but his injury hasn't slowed his play when he's in the lineup as he has 7 points in 6 games. Hopefully Malkin can stay healthy and put up points like the Malkin of old.
The defending Stanley Cup Champions are defining the Stanley Cup Hangover right now, especially after all the booze-ridden pictures from the past offseason. They sit in last place of the Eastern Conference, 2nd last in the entire league, and Phil Kessel has as many game winning goals as they have wins. Which us brings to one of the scariest performances in the NHL...
10 goals and 18 points through 11 games. His offensive game is so strong right now, but Leaf fans can't help but notice how good is overall game has improved. He's backchecking, he's mucking it up in the corners and he's scoring timely goals. Nobody is expecting his scoring to keep at the pace it is (74 goals, 133 points), but the Leafs could be looking at their first 50 goal scorer since Rick Vaive in 1981-82. If Jose Bautista is breaking Toronto records, why can't Kessel?
Washington CapitalsThe Caps have started hot and despite sloppy play, they have found wins. After a 7-0 start to the season, they've dropped 2 straight to the young Oilers and the Canucks. The scariest thing about their start? A lot of people have been questioning Alex Ovechkin (or maybe just us), yet they're first in their division and have 4 games in hand over the conference leading Pittsburgh Penguins, just wait until he really gets going and the Washington Capitals are a juggernaut.
After a lengthy contract negotiation, Doughty made it into the Kings lineup for 4 games in which he recorded 1 assist. Then this happened and he missed two weeks. He's back from injury, but those fantasy owners and Kings fans that held their breath for Doughty are still waiting to breathe a sigh of relief on his play as they wait for that sophmore season performance again.