Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

What we learned in the NHL

What we learned in the NHL

Lessons from the last week of NHL play:

•The Montreal Canadiens, the only NHL team without a regulation loss (6-0-0), are off to the best start in franchise history — and this franchise has a long history. What's new is they don't have to rely on most-valuable-player goalie Carey Price to save them every game because they're better defensively, with Jeff Petry playing a key role, and can roll four solid lines. They've trailed only once this season, for 2 minutes 57 seconds in a 4-1 victory over Detroit on Saturday.

Washington Capitals Coach Barry Trotz has one set of rules and those rules apply to everyone. After Alex Ovechkin didn't show up for a morning skate...