The 2013 season is unlike most NHL seasons.
Instead of 82 games, every team is in a 48-game regular-season sprint to determine playoff seedings.
Instead of planning for the long haul, teams are out to get as many early-season points as possible so they don't fall victim to the dreaded three-point games that regularly keep teams from making late rallies to earn playoff positions.
But in some ways, this season is like many others because there are lots of surprises.
Last year, the St. Louis Blues went from also-ran to Western Conference power and the Los Angeles Kings became the first No. 8 seed to capture the Stanley Cup.
Here's a look at some of the top early-season surprises in the NHL.