As the season approaches the halfway mark, the NHL is finding that there may be more excitement and tension in a 48-game schedule than there is in a standard 82-game year.
It was obvious from the start that there would be little time for teams and players to find their stride; they had to hit the ice blazing.
As the Chicago Blackhawks rewrite the record book every time they take the ice, they are the dominant story through the first half of the season.
However, they are not the only story. Great tales are being written by the Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins as well.
On the individual front, Sidney Crosby has regained full health and has made a bid to return atop the list of the league's elite players.
Crosby is one of the top contenders for the Hart Trophy that goes to the league's MVP.
Here's our power ranking of the top 10 candidates.