I don't remember the last time we were this high in the standing table. Hopefully our guys continue playing the same way and keep collecting points. In such a short season, every single game is important.
we were 1st in EC back in 2008. i still remember.. what an awesome year that was. leading the league in goals too.
Yep, we were ahead of the 2nd place team by 1 goal. Detroit, I think? Maybe Ottawa? I forget. But we pulled ahead of Pittsburgh for the conference lead by a point in the last game too. Sweet, sweet year.
i don't start looking at standings until half way through a season.
I read somewhere once that the actual date is American Thanksgiving, or about 1/4 of the way through the season. If you're not top eight in the conference by that time you can be pretty well sure that you're not making the playoffs in April (I think the numbers are if you are in the playoffs at American Thanksgiving there's a 77.5% chance you'll be in the playoffs period). This season, with its shortened schedule against only conference rivals will be different, but I imagine by game 15 (Monday, February 18th versus Carolina) we'll gave a good idea of where we stand.
All the same a 4-1-0 start is quite good. Everything is magnified in this shortened season, so it's almost like we opened 8-2-0 - which should make even the most pessimistic of fans a little more content. Considering we did it without PK and with Patches on IR for the last two games it looks even better.