First impressions matter.
That adage holds even more true in a lockout-shortened NHL season, where teams will only play 48 games. Starting the season well is incredibly important if a team wants to make the playoffs, and a slow start can cost a team a trip to the postseason.
Some teams have defied the experts and come out of the gates hot despite low expectations, while others have failed to live up to preseason hype.
The following is a list of teams who have proven the experts wrong early in the season—both by looking sharp and looking sluggish.