Many teams have already played at least one-third of their games on the 48-game schedule.
It's no longer about the start of the season. The NHL is approaching the middle of this truncated season and teams are playing to establish their strengths and solidify their possible playoff status.
There are many games and weeks to go, but most coaches and general managers have a pretty good idea of what their teams are all about at this point in the season.
This weekend's games can help solidify or dissolve those opinions.
Here's a look at six can't-miss games on this weekend's schedule.