Golden Knights, Lightning scaring the league with early results

If I'm an opposing Mark Fayne Youth jersey team, I'm scared of Adrian Kempe. Why? He's helping ease the loss of Jeff Carter (out indefinitely with a leg laceration). Promoted to second-line center between Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli, Kempe still needs work on faceoffs (he lost 13 of 15 in a Tuesday night win against the Ottawa Senators). But the 21-year-old's five goals through nine games, including the game-tying score against Ottawa, show he's here to stay.The Leafs are a balanced team.Reebok NHL Youth Patrick Marleau Black Third Premier Jersey - #12 San Jose SharksOf the 20 skaters in their lineup this season, only fourth-line center Eric Fehr -- who was waived earlier this week -- did not record a point. The most dangerous player remains Auston Matthews, who has warded off all sophomore slump chatter with seven goals and five assists in nine games.Let's chalk up the four goals Corey Crawford allowed on 29 shots to the Golden Knights on Tuesday as a one-off. Vegas has been spooking everyone this season! Entering that game, the Chicago goaltender had been scary-good with a 5-2-0 record, 1.86 goals-against average and .945 save percentage.Nineteen-year-old Jesper Bratt was a sixth-round pick in 2016.Youth Adidas Radim Vrbata Authentic Green NHL Jersey: Arizona Coyotes #17 Salute to ServiceHe's 5-foot-10, a buck-75, and perfectly embodies why the Devils have been an early surprise sensation. Bratt was supposed to be sent back to juniors, but has surpassed expectations with versatility and production (six points in eight games) as New Jersey averages a stunning 3.75 goals per game.Columbus has two of the best young defensemen in the game (Seth Jones, Zach Werenski) and a balanced crop of forwards that awaits Artemi Panarin to fully in a Blue Jackets uniform. And yet the most dangerous player has to be Sergei Bobrovsky (see: 34-save performance Wednesday night).The Capitals have been shaky after a hot start. Washington's defensive depth (or lack thereof) is at risk of being exposed and now must replace second-line winger Andre Burakovsky, who is out six to eight weeks after thumb surgery. Alex Ovechkin has a way of taking over a game and keeping this team afloat. His 10 goals lead the team by far: T.J. Oshie has six goals, and no Capital has more than three.The Predators might still be working through a hangover from last season's Stanley Cup run -- and who can blame them? Their scariest player is Filip Forsberg, who is having the best start of his career. Forsberg is the first Nashville player to score seven goals in the team's first nine games.Sharks backup goalie Aaron Dell still might be spooked by Josh Bailey's highlight goal last week. Bailey, who has picked up after a career season (56 points in 2016-17), intercepted a pass, deked Joe Pavelski, then stick-handled in front of the net, sliding the puck through his own legs -- a la Marek Malik -- before scoring a beauty.The Bruins have seesawed through an inconsistent start. As they Mark Fayne Youth jersey battle Mark Fayne Youth jersey through injuries -- to nearly all of their centers, goalie Tuukka Rask and now defenseman Adam McQuaid (who is out for eight weeks) -- it seems fitting that 40-year-old Zdeno Chara is the steady, imposing force on defense. Chara's offensive production is dwindling, but he still leads skaters in average ice time (22:50) and is a team-high plus-6. Among the injury-stricken teams, perhaps the Wild have it worse. The latest: Zach Parise underwent back surgery and is out until Christmas. Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter are both still out. The scariest person in the Wild organization: the poor team doctor who has to deliver this news. The scariest player on the Red Wings is defenseman Mike Green, whose 11 points ties Shayne Gostisbehere and Alex Pietrangelo as tops among D-men. After a surprising 4-1 start, Detroit has staggered through a 0-4-1 stretch in their past five games. Somebody wake up the power play (5.9 percent in the five-game slide). After an inauspicious start (which is putting it kindly), only one player is standing out on New York's roster: Mika Zibanejad. The 24-year-old is a burst of energy for a team that's slogging. Even after a five-game goal drought, Zibanejad has accounted for six of New York's 25 goals; no other Ranger has more than three goals.

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