The majority of NHL teams are playing as expected for the most part and sitting exactly where one would expect them to be in the standings. However, there are a few that have gotten out of the gates with a hot start.
Six of these teams won't continue to have such exceptional success.
For these squads, the story of their success thus far has been due to one of the following: A single player carrying the team, a handful of players operating at a level at which they cannot continue to consistently play, or a weak schedule.
There are lots of questions for these teams. Can a club break out of their history and tendencies? Can streaky or injury-prone goaltenders continue to stand on their heads? Can line combinations that have been enjoying chemistry continue to work well together?
Ultimately, the six teams on this list must ask themselves the following question: Can we stay hot?
The answer is a resounding no.