There's nothing like a hot start to get the season off with a bang.
But when it goes badly from the beginning, it feels like all four walls are crashing in. Instead of being excited about going to the rink, it's almost a dreadful feeling as players wonder what can go wrong next.
In the case of the New York Rangers, it has been a dreadful start and this perennial contender looks like one of the worst teams in the league.
However, a bad start is often just that. Ryan Suter got off slowly last year for the Minnesota Wild and so did Alex Ovechkin. By the end of the season, both were NHL first-team All-Stars.
Here's our look at eight prominent early-season underachievers.