The NHL's Winners and Losers of October

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The NHL's Winners and Losers of October
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October has had it all during the first month of the NHL season—there have been enough highlight-reel goals and stomach-churning illegal hits to fill an entire season along with teams exceeding expectations and teams off to disappointing starts.

There are the usual suspects sitting pretty—the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks are looking like contenders—and surprise teams trying to defy the odds—the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes are off to sizzling starts.

With a little more than 10 percent of the season in the books, here are some of the winners and losers as we head into November.


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