Along with a new year, we at Calvert Voices also bring to you a new column: Sports! This month, I’ll be telling you all about your leading hockey teams in the Easter and Western conferences as of January 16, 2016.
We’ll start off with the Eastern Conference teams. The Atlantic Division Washington Capitals lead with sixty-nine points. Captain Alexander Ovechkin recently reached a milestone, scoring his fifth hundredth career goal in a game against the Ottawa Senators on January 10th. In second place in the Eastern Conference are the Florida Panthers, of the Metropolitan Division, with fifty-seven points. The Panthers more than earned that spot, winning an impressive twelve games in a row from December 15th to January 10th. Their winning streak was ended by Vancouver, however, in a game the next day, followed two days later by a crushing six goal loss to the Calgary Flames. In the third place are the Detroit Red Wings, also of the Atlantic Division, with fifty-three points. The Red Wings had a four game winning streak that was ended by the Los Angeles on January 11th.
In the Western Conference, Central Division the Chicago Blackhawks top the leaderboard with sixty-four points. The 2015 Stanley Cup Champions continue to prove their skill, extending their nine game winning streak to ten in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Dallas Stars, also Central, fill the second spot with sixty-two points. The Stars have had a spotty record lately, losing to the Minnesota Wild after a win over the Winnipeg Jets, which was preceded by a three game losing streak. In third place are the Los Angeles Kings, with fifty-seven points. The Kings also suffer from inconsistency; a five game win record in the end of December was cooled off by a loss to Colorado, followed by a win, a loss, and a win.