Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos is stampeding, with NHL-best 18 assists and 24 points in 14 games. (1)
2. Los Angeles Kings. Healthy Quick (8-2-1, 1.99/.939) is biggest reason for 10-2-1 start that's best in franchise history. (2)
3. St. Louis Blues. Rolling along even as Bouwmeester and Berglund have yet to play a game due to injury (3)
4. Columbus Blue Jackets. Anderson, Milano filling the net as Panarin is stuck at one goal. (7)
5. New Jersey Devils. Went 12-23-6 on road last year, opened this year 5-0 until Friday loss in Edmonton. (6)
6. Pittsburgh Penguins. Letang with a stunning NHL-worst minus-13 rating. (4)
7. Ottawa Senators. Karlsson the headliner during two-game series vs. Avs in Stockholm. (8)
8. Winnipeg Jets. Scheifele is best player in the league nobody knows about. (16)
9. Toronto Maple Leafs. Marleau gets huge ovation in return to San Jose, becomes eighth player in history to hit 100 GWGs in win at Anaheim (9).
10. Vegas Golden Knights. Hanging in for close road losses even down to their fourth-string goalie. (5)
11. New York Islanders. Ten goals in six-game stretch for Tavares that gets him to 600-game mark in his career. (14).
12. Vancouver Canucks. Vanek has four goals, Sedins have combined for just two. (10).
13. Colorado Avalanche. Varlamov stopped 57 of 60 in win over Hurricanes. (13)
14. Nashville Predators. Coming off major playoff injuries, neither Fiala nor Johansen have a goal in first 13 games. (11)
15. Chicago Blackhawks. Far more inconsistent from night to night than they've been in years. (12)
16. Philadelphia Flyers. Old friend Neuvirth makes 33 saves in blanking of Blues (15)
17. San Jose Sharks. Burns leads NHL defensemen with 54 shots on goal -- but still has no goals. (25)
18. Calgary Flames. Jagr on the shelf after five games without a goal. (19)
19. Washington Capitals. The Putin Team? Ovi needs to worry more about his own team. (21)
20. Boston Bruins. Heinen's first two NHL goals produce win over Sharks. (23)
21. Detroit Red Wings. Set NHL record with 12th consecutive shootout win, streak that dates to Feb. 23, 2016. (16)
22. Minnesota Wild. Foligno returns with full shield after suffering facial fracture. (17)
23. Dallas Stars. Bishop not enamored with Hitchcock's early hook from the net. (18).
24. Carolina Hurricanes. Disappointing start has them joining Sabres as only East team with one home win. (20)
25. New York Rangers. Vigneault holds on to job for now but Lindy could still ascend if struggles return. (26)
26. Anaheim Ducks. Cogliano fourth in NHL history to play 800 consecutive games. (27)
27. Buffalo Sabres. Hall of Fame Weekend for Andreychuk starts Friday in Toronto. (29)
28. Edmonton Oilers. Young teams who think they've arrived often take a step back. (28).
29. Florida Panthers. Ekblad sounds alarm with teammates after 8-5 loss to Lightning. (24)
30. Montreal Canadiens. Price at .877, dead last in NHL among the 28 goalies who have appeared in eight or more games. (30)
31. Arizona Coyotes. Seven-game point streak ends for Rookie of the Month Keller in loss to Sabres. (31)