Saturday is always an adventure around the NHL, and this 12-game slate was no exception.
Three teams in particular stepped up in a big way, letting the rest of the league know it's time to take them seriously.
Kings are back
After missing the playoffs last season, the Kings have gone 6-0-1 under new head coach John Stevens.
Not to be outdone, Jonathan Quick is riding a .938 save percentage after being sidelined by injury for most of last season.
Stop doubting the Senators
The Toronto Maple Leafs entered the latest installment of the Battle of Ontario as a burgeoning powerhouse, having averaged almost five goals per game to date.
It was the pesky Ottawa Senators who came out on top Saturday, however, limiting Toronto to three goals while pouring it on with six of their own.
Those who take deeper dives into advanced stats tend to cast doubt on Ottawa, especially considering the Senators ranked 31st in Corsi For in five-on-five play (43.39) heading into the game, according to Corsica. This, to be sure, is not generally seen as a recipe for success.
To the Sens' credit, though, they keep winning, and they have their all-world defenseman back in the fold to boot.
Lightning a force to be reckoned with
Much like the Kings, the Tampa Bay Lightning were hoping to bounce back after missing the 2017 postseason, and they're proving to be up to the challenge.
Tampa hosted the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and came out on top 7-1. It helps that Antti Niemi is well below average in net, but Tampa Bay was the better team from start to finish.
This could finally be the year for this bunch, health permitting.
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