We're through only three days of this NHL season, the first 48-game schedule since 1994-95's shortened season. It's three more days than pessimistic fans expected out of this year's lockout, especially after the 2004-05 season was cancelled. But any other year, we'd be halfway through the season by now.
That being said, these impressions are coming from either one or two games played by every team in the league. "Early" is an understatement. And like Maple Leafs fans' playoff hopes, almost everything you read here may prove to be completely misguided mere weeks from now.
But while sports may be a waiting game, sports journalism is all about analyzing the present, whether it means overreacting or not. So let's have some fun with it, and draw conclusions based on the first 72 hours of the season: