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So far in this admittedly very new season, the NHL has broken more or less how people expected.
Teams are, for the most part, right where everyone thought they would be. Yeah, Toronto’s off to a better start than people predicted, and this is probably the best playoff position the Oilers will find themselves in all year. But there are two teams, both projected to have great seasons, whose starts are more notable for their general badness.
They are, perhaps not surprisingly, the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins.
Anyone that’s watched any of the games for the two Stanley Cup finalists for last year have probably noticed that neither team has looked especially strong to start the season. Vancouver is 1-2-1, and the only win came against a Blue Jackets team that’s stumbled horrifically out of the gate. And while the quality of their opponents otherwise has been solid (Pittsburgh at home, Philadelphia and Detroit on the road), their performances have not. They allowed 11 goals in their first four games, and scored 10.
By Greg Wyshynski