10 Biggest Surprises Early in the 2011-12 NHL Season

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10 Biggest Surprises Early in the 2011-12 NHL Season
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The start of the season of any professional sports league tends be a time for surprises. Scheduling quirks, unsettled teams, players and coaches all lend themselves to some unexpected results early in the season.

Often those surprises even out as the season goes on. By playoff time you are seldom still talking about an early season winning or shutout or scoring streak. Some of those surprises turn out to be a sign of things to come.

Here is a look at some of the biggest early surprises in this NHL season after the teams have all played at least 12 games to date. How many of these unexpected trends are still noteworthy by year end? Only time will tell.

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