Some NHL players have begun the 2013 season uncharacteristically poorly.
Whether it is a sniper like Alexander Ovechkin failing to score enough goals or a Stanley Cup champion like Jonathan Quick experiencing a championship hangover, many slow starters are hurting rather than helping their teams.
While the season is still young, with just 48 regular-season games in the lockout-shortened campaign, the clock is ticking for the following players to turn it around.
While the stakes may be different—some teams need players to lead them to the playoffs, while others are missing a piece in the championship equation—what these players have in common is a slow start and a team that is relying on them to turn it around, and fast.
All statistics are gathered from ESPN.