After the 2012-13 NHL lockout ended and the shortened season was agreed upon everyone and their hockey-loving grandmothers knew that hot starters could very well outdo steady performers.
As such, everyone (and their hockey-loving grandmothers) have proven prophetic so far for the 2013 season. Teams that came out of the gate hot greatly lessened the pressure on themselves moving forward while turning up the temperature on the other teams in their division to win more games (hello, Central!).
And players that have come out flying have been boons to their respective squads.
I mean, how many games would the Buffalo Sabres have won so far if not for Thomas Vanek and his ridiculous streakiness? Where would the Anaheim Ducks be without the Vezina-caliber play of newcomer Viktor Fasth?
Through 82-game seasons these hot and cold streaks have a way of working themselves out. But with only a small percentage of those games to be played in 2013 before the playoffs roll around, the hot hands could very well be the ones making a charge for the Stanley Cup while the more steady competitors are sitting at home watching (and playing) golf.
As always, if I left your guy out I apologize. I don't hate him. Bleacher Report doesn't hate him. The East Coast doesn't hate him. I just didn't write about him.
That said, here are 13 of the hottest starts in the NHL so far.