What we've learned in first quarter of NHL season

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding makes a save on Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) during...

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding makes a save on Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) during NHL play at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:46 PM ET

The NHL season ground through the first quarter with game number 308, Dallas at Vancouver Sunday night, marking the 25% mark of the 1,230-game regular season.

It’s been an interesting six weeks, with two coaches and a general manager being fired already, a devastating injury to one of the game’s superstars and, in the background, the rise and fall of players’ stocks when it comes to their worthiness to be members of their respective countries’ Olympic teams.

Here are 10 things that stand out from the first quarter of the season:

1. West is best: There hasn’t been a season in the salary cap era where the Western-based teams have dominated their Eastern competition like this one. The top eight teams in the league reside in the West going into Monday night’s games. As of Monday morning, the West owned an 82-36-13 record against the East, which represents utter domination (and that’s with the Edmonton Oilers having a 4-9-1 record against the East).


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