25. Detroit Red Wings
Previous: No. 25
The Wings do just about everything in an entirely average manner, which is actually more than you might expect from a group that’s had quite a bit of turnover and strife in recent seasons. No doubt the Wings will still give the Blackhawks their best shot in the teams’ two games this month.
24. Florida Panthers
Previous: No. 19
Florida drops back down into the 20s of these rankings despite a 6-3-1 record in their last 10 games, most recently posting a solid 7-4 win over St. Louis. But, like with Detroit, Florida just does everything at an average-or-so rate. The Panthers are actually rolling with three goaltenders on their roster right now, too, since James Reimer has been an inadequate backup.
23. New York Islanders
Previous: No. 15
New York’s frenetic style of play has hurt it more recently, with a 3-6-1 mark in its last 10 games. The Islanders have tallied 146 goals, second-most in the Eastern Conference and third-most in the league. But they’ve also allowed a whopping and league-leading 158 goals, more than even Buffalo and Arizona.