The first month of the season has revealed some surprising results.
The Anaheim Ducks have put last year's disaster behind them and they appear to be a formidable team under Bruce Boudreau.
The Detroit Red Wings have not folded up despite the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom, one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history.
The New Jersey Devils lost their best player when Zach Parise signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Wild, but they still have their heart and soul and remain a team that finds a way to win.
The Chicago Blackhawks are following the script that led them to the 2010 Stanley Cup and are playing stellar hockey.
Here's our power ranking of the early favorites to win the 2013 Stanley Cup.