Three weeks and one calendar month into the 2010-2011 NHL season, we're already able to pick out the surprises and disappointments of the year.
Teams like Buffalo and New Jersey, two top-ranked teams from the Eastern Conference last season, have both struggled to get going and posted a combined 0-8-2 home record. Meanwhile franchises such as Montreal, Boston and Tampa Bay have burst onto the stage with a combined 20-7-2 record.
In the West, Nashville, Edmonton and Dallas started out strongly but have faltered lately. On the other hand, youthful squads such as St. Louis, Colorado and Los Angeles have already started to prove their legitimacy.
But how does the NHL look from a divisional standpoint? Which five-team groups have been the toughest to play in so far, and which divisions have struggled despite their highly-competitive reputations?
Here's a look at how each of the six NHL divisions have stood up against each other after three weeks of action.