Everyone likes an underdog.
Well, almost everyone. The favorite who are having their collective lunch handed to them by the underdog probably isn't too fond of the "Cinderella" story. The Phoenix Coyotes were the darlings of last year's Stanley Cup playoffs. Had they not run into the red-hot Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals, it could have been a bigger upset than the 8th-seeded Kings winning it all.
The meeting between the surprising Kings and even more surprising Coyotes capped a conference battlefield littered with upsets. The top-seeded Vancouver Canucks were stunned by the Kings in round one before eliminating the 2nd-seeded St. Louis Blues.
The Coyotes, unlikely winners of the Pacific Division, allowed only two goals over their final five games in the regular season to swipe the third seed in the west. They took out a talented Chicago team in the first round and blew past Nashville in the conference semifinals. The precarious financial status of the desert dogs made them sentimental favorites as their days in Arizona appeared to be numbered at the time.
With the 2013 season ready to kick off this weekend, all 30 teams will be geared up for the 48-game dash to the postseason. Teams like Columbus, Edmonton and the New York Islanders aren't quite used to being tied for first place at this time of year, but don't count them out when the puck drops. Here's a look at the 10 underdogs that could steal the headlines this season. Enjoy now!