We are almost a month into the National Hockey League (NHL) season. Wow time flies!

With that, CARHA Hockey thought we should provide you with an update on how the standings are playing out in our hockey pool, which is new for the 2018-19 NHL season!

Contestants this season are playing for a $500 gift certificate to the NHL Shop, a $350 gift certificate to Sport Chek, and $150 to CARHA Hockey's new store!

So far this season, the league's dominant players continue to be the league's dominant players. Auston Matthews, Patrice Bergeron, Nathan MacKinnon, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, and Connor McDavid are all familiar faces atop the league's statistics page, so these are the players on the teams at the top.

As of last night's game, our first place team has a five point lead, which is quite rare to see!

"Mendoza Boys" sits in first place with a total of 225 points, "Hopeful" sits in second with 220 points and is hopeful he can gain ground on first. Third place is currently being held by "klopek", although there are MANY teams within striking distance.

This early in the season, the standings are changing every single day, and the top spot is anyone's for the taking.

Don't get down on yourself early on if you fall behind. Use your monthly trade wisely and steadily gain ground. You're not out of this thing until the buzzer sounds on the final game of the season.

Good luck!