In a sport where the season will drag into the middle of June, nothing has been settled yet. There are the Olympics and a crowded second half schedule to be dealt with before a champion can be crowned.
Anything remains possible but in the first half of the 2009-2010 season several teams have defied the odds and put themselves in contention. Several others have put themselves in a place where a repeat of the Penguins second half last year might not get them to the promised land.
Let's take a look at the first half winners and sinners.