The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning aren't accustomed to what befell them last season, and the Atlantic Division rivals are both off to 4-1 starts as they strive to put the bad memories in the rear-view mirror. The Lightning, after reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2015 and the Eastern Conference final in 2016, suffered through an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign and missed the playoffs by one point. The Red Wings also failed to qualify for the postseason, the first time that had happened to the team since the 1989-90 season.
The first homestand in Vegas Golden Knights history has already experienced its share of highs and lows. The Golden Knights (3-1-0) broke an NHL record for an expansion team with their third straight victory to open the season, defeating the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Tuesday night. Now the Golden Knights will try and rebound from their first loss on Sunday afternoon when they host the Boston Bruins at T-Mobile Arena.
Last season, neither the Tampa Bay Lightning nor the New Jersey Devils reached the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the Lightning (5-1-0), it is a quick trip back atop the standings, while for the Devils (4-1-0), this is rarified air for a club that finished last in the Eastern Conference a year ago and failed to reach the playoffs the past five years. A 3-2 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday extended the Lightning's winning streak to four games as they became the first team in the league to reach 10 points.