Early-season trends for each NHL team


The first week of the NHL season has come and gone. While a small sample size can be misleading -- the New Jersey Devils and Vegas Golden Knights, presumed cellar dwellers, are among the three remaining undefeated teams (the St. Louis Blues are the third) and Alex Ovechkin is on pace for 164 goals -- you can still learn quite a bit from a week of play. Here are some of the bigger early-season trends and the underlying fantasy takeaways for each of the 31 NHL teams.
Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks are healing. While veteran forward Patrick Eaves scored in his season debut on a top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Wednesday, defensemen Sami Vatanen (shoulder) and Hampus Lindholm (again, shoulder) are anticipated to be back ahead of the previously targeted return date of Nov. 1. Vatanen, in particular, is expected to quickly reassert himself as a valued fantasy commodity, bumping young Brandon Montour from Anaheim's secondary power play.
Arizona Coyotes: Winless and struggling to start 2017-18, the Coyotes still appear a work in progress, as they've allowed 20 more shots than they've fired themselves in three games. Until this developing group gets its collective act together, we're steering clear of starting the mostly blameless Antti Raanta. Bench Arizona's No. 1 netminder for now.