It's not how you start, it's how you finish.
Case in point: the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks.
The eventual Stanley Cup champions won six of their final seven regular season games, gaining a sturdy gait just as the playoffs started and riding that momentum all the way to the Finals.
Peaking early and the ensuing letdown can be a real problem for an NHL team with true Stanley Cup aspirations.
Find out which four NHL teams are in jeopardy of slumping at the worst time possible.