Now that each NHL team has played at least twelve games, we are a little over a quarter of the way through the 2013 NHL season. Many things can change in the next two and a half months, and there are still tons of questions to be answered, but the big picture has cleared up just a little bit.
We've had some big surprises so far (Anaheim) and some big disappointments (Los Angeles, Washington), but everything can still change.
The playoff picture may be a little more clear: Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Vancouver look like locks already, and it's tough to picture Columbus making it in. This far into the season, there are still a lot of teams surrounded by uncertainty.
Only eight teams from each conference can get into the playoffs, while the other seven will take the spring off.
Let's take a look at the teams that are on the bubble. Who will get into the postseason, and who will hit the golf course early?