The Boston Bruins are currently dead last in the Eastern conference. The Vancouver Canucks also currently reside outside of a playoff spot.
Ditto for the Detroit Red wings, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadians while the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars are lighting up their respective conferences. Yes, the forces of gravity no longer affect the NHL standings and what was once up is now down.
If the first month of the 2011-2012 NHL season is any indicator, there are several heavily favored squads that are in need of a shakeup.
However no team has played more than 13 games yet, and as you may recall, the NHL season is in fact 82 games long. We're a long way from even the halfway mark, but that doesn't mean that there aren't a handful of teams that are looking to shake off a bad first month.