Winning begets confidence, and the first quarter-plus of the NHL season has shown that several of the best teams in the league have gotten off to sharp starts in the 48-game 2013 season.
That's the strategic thing to do in a league where three-point games often hamstring slow-starting teams.
That's especially true in a shortened season.
Smart coaches know the danger of falling behind early in the season. Teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins have gotten off to stellar starts this year, and they have confidence in their ability to take things even further as the season progresses.
All of the teams on this list have confidence that they can go on long and successful runs in the postseason.
All but one of these teams have winning records at this point in the season.