The NHL lockout was a frustrating process as fans had to wait months for the league to move the actions from the boardroom to the rink. And now that hockey is back, the compact schedule and shortened training camp have produced sloppy play by many teams, putting a less interesting product on the ice.
However, the silver lining to the lockout and the shortened prep time is the physicality of the game.
For every player who finds himself needing an extra second to get rid of the puck, there is an opponent prepared to level him to the ice. For every pass that doesn't hit its mark perfectly, there is a body to deliver a blow to an unsuspecting forward.
The first three-plus weeks of the NHL season have produced some jarring body checks, keeping our attention on the game as teams look to polish their Xs and Os.
These 15 moments of mass destruction are just a slice of the physicality of the 2013 NHL season.