The Five Most Surprising Stories of the NHL Season So Far

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The Five Most Surprising Stories of the NHL Season So Far

With the Bruins' recent struggles, I decided I'd change it up a bit and write about some of the most surprising stories in the NHL so far.

We're about a little over a month into the hockey season now and there has been a number of surprising developments already. Who knew there would be so many with so little games played. If the season keeps up like this, it will be very interesting come April and May.

Before I start I would just like to talk about some of the stories that didn't make the final cut.

Everyone has heard of the Swine Flu, or to be politically correct, the H1N1 virus. Well, it has already started making its rounds in the NHL. So far at least three players have been diagnosed with the flu, including David Krejci of the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals forward Quintin Laing. Players are doing their best to avoid this flu. This could play a very interesting part come playoff time, especially if it affects any of the big time contenders.

Another is the Toronto Maple Leafs' struggles. As of now, the Leafs sit tied for dead-last with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Leafs weren't expected to be real contenders for the Cup, but were figured to be vying for the final playoff spot. The return of Phil Kessel might help, but they are gonna need more than that if they want to have a shot at the playoffs.

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