With one week in the books, there has been some early surprises that has made the fans of these teams extremely happy. Here is my list of the top 3 teams that have surprised fans with there fast start.
The Blackhawks are one of the few teams that go into every season with Stanley Cup aspirations and this year is no different. The critics before the season said that Crawford wasn't good enough to get it done and questioned Hossa's ability to return to his All-Star form. The Blackhawks have put their critics to rest in the first week of the season, as they've come flying out of the gates, starting the season 5-0. The Hawks started the season with a real good win against the Stanley Cup Champions, beating the Kings 5-2 behind the strong performance of Marian Hossa. The Hawks silenced the Coyotes in there 6-4 win on Jan. 20, and from that point on goaltender Corey Crawford has played really well. Crawford has kept the Hawks in there last three games, as they won them all 3-2. The Blackhawks are playing well in every phase of the game and are showing no signs of slowing down.
New Jersey Devils:
Going into the 2013 season, the Devils were a question mark. The team was coming off a loss in the Stanley Cup Finals to the LA Kings and they lost there captain Zach Parise in free agency. And on top of that, nobody knew how Martin Brodeur would play at the ripe old age of 40. Well the Devils have put those questions to rest. Behind strong goaltending from the ageless wonder and some offense burst, the Devils have jumped out to a healthy 3-0 start beating the Islanders, Flyers, and Capitals. The Devils are playing well right now, but if Brodeur starts to slump, I don't know if the Devils have the offensive firepower to out score other teams in high scoring affairs. But for now, the Devils are playing well and have a relatively easy schedule to finish January.
Last year the Ducks finished last in the Pacific division and going into the 2013 season the expectations weren't very high. The Ducks have some real good offensive pieces like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, but one week into the season they've gotten help from secondary scorers like Dan Winnik and Teemu Selanne. The Ducks goaltending has been strong to this point and as a whole the Ducks are playing like a team that could compete for a playoff spot down the road. They've gotten out of the gate fast, starting the season with a 3-1 start. With Getzlaf and Perry playing to receive a huge contract in the offseason, I expect them both to have a great year. If the Ducks are to continue there early season success, the Ducks are going to need to continue to receive strong play from their goalie and scoring depth from their 2nd and 3rd line.
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