This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.
November is a cold month. And not just because of the early snow and prematurely cold temperatures to the north.
It's NHL shake-up season. And coach firing time.
American Thanksgiving is coming soon, but the first real benchmark to assess a team's mettle is the 20-game mark.
And there are some teams in real trouble 20 games in.
Winnipeg continues to underperform, even with a 6-3-1 record in their last 10. And while they're third in the Central, their minus-6 goal differential speaks to some underlying concerns. Especially with Nashville's plus-9 differential and Dallas' 8-1-1 in their last 10 coming up hard behind.
Vegas is confusing – they're better than their record and their recent 3-4-3 stretch. They'll improve. But San Jose? Yes, they're on a five-game winning streak, but they are just 5-5-0 over 10 with a minus-11 goal differential. Has Pete DeBoer's best-before date passed?
After two great seasons, Bruce Boudreau's Wild finished seventh in the Central last season. And this year, they're tied for last in the NHL.
Tampa Bay and Toronto have been below average (to say the least). But their coaches are entrenched, despite what fans think. Both teams to be suffering from the Blues' effect – there's always a bit of last season's Cup winner added to teams, even if they don't fit that mould.
They'll shake that. And the hockey won't be so dang boring.
Has John Tortorella worn out his welcome in Columbus? Or is that team just bad? John