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The year 2019 begins with many battles to watch in the national hockey League (NHL) by the end of the regular season.
1) The Canadian in the series?
In Quebec, the eyes are inevitably turned to the Montreal canadiens and the struggle for a participation in the playoffs in the Association. With a record of 21-14-5, the Habs with 47 points in the standings after 40 parties. The main rivals in the Canadian may be the Boston Bruins, the Sabres of Buffalo and the New York Islanders. Currently excluded from the series, the Islanders have won their last four games. They have now earned 46 points in 38 meetings.
2) The other race to play in the playoffs
In the Western conference, the Colorado Avalanche, the Ducks of Anaheim and the Dallas Stars could not afford to slow down if they want to participate in the playoffs. It is actually still early to rule out the Wild of Minnesota, the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers.
3) that the trophy-Art Ross?
It will be interesting to follow the battle for the trophy-Art Ross, awarded to the best pointer in the national League. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning, is currently at the top with 65 points. Follow Mikko Rantanen and Nathan NacKinnon, who are teammates at Colorado. Naturally, the young star of Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid –who has scored 58 points in his 38 first games of the season – continues to be among the favourites to finish top.
4) the best in the West
In addition to the race series in the West, there is a hot struggle to determine what training will finish at the top of the standings in this association. The Winnipeg Jets and the Predators of Nashville may seem the best positioned. By contrast, the Calgary Flames are currently at the heart of the fight. To monitor also : the Golden Knights Vegas and the San Jose Sharks.
5) The Vézina Fleury? Not so fast…
The Quebecers Marc-André Fleury, the Golden Knights Vegas, is certainly one of the candidates for obtaining the trophy, Vezina, awarded to the best goalkeeper. Fleury leads the NHL with 23 wins and six shutouts. Other athletes, however, have not said their last word. We can mention the name of Frederik Andersen, of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but also that of the Russian Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning, who has kept a record of 15-3-2 in 20 starts. The latter has had to miss several games due to a fractured foot.