The Chicago Blackhawks have started the year without losing a game in regulation for the first 15 games.
They are on fire.
With a record like that, it is easy to consider the team as a top Stanley Cup contender.
That record, however, does not just write itself. There have been many things the Blackhawks have been doing right that have allowed the team to play well.
If they can keep up what they have started by the end of the year, we may see the team hoisting the Stanley Cup again. But, that will not happen if the team cannot keep up what it has been able to excel at early on.
In saying that, here are three early signs why the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup contenders in 2013.