The NHL season is zipping along, and the halfway point is just around the corner.
There is no feeling-out process to the 2013 season.
When the puck finally dropped in mid-January, it was already a critical point on the calendar, and teams attempted to sprint out of the starting gate.
No team has had a faster start than the Chicago Blackhawks, who have gotten off to the best start in NHL history with a 14-0-3 getaway. There are plenty of reasons for the Blackhawks' explosive start, including the productive play of Patrick Kane, the rock-solid play of the defense, the overall depth and the sharp coaching moves of Joel Quenneville.
Here are seven things to know as the second half of the season approaches.