The NHL season may still be young, but with a third of the lockout-shortened, 48-game campaign completed, it is going to be playoff time before you know it.
While some teams are separating themselves from the rest of the pack, some squads in the thick of it could get hot over the course of the rest of the season.
Whether they have a top-flight goaltender like the New York Rangers or a cast of veteran stars like the San Jose Sharks, these teams could surprise with huge finishes down the stretch.
Here are five teams who may not be conference leaders now but have the tools to finish the season hot.
All statistics via ESPN.