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The NHL At This Early Point

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Strong starts by the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers, plus poor starts by the Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks have us scratching our heads. What's up with the Tampa Bay Lightning? Is John Carlson's scoring for real?

Let us help you sort out the fact and fiction:

Based on their start, the Colorado Avalanche are the NHL's team to beat

Fact: The Avalanche are a quality team. They are tied for the NHL lead in scoring (four goals per game) and rank in the top 10 defensively (2.67 goals per game). Phillip Grubauer is getting the job done in net, and with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, who left Monday's game with an injury, this is a very dangerous offensive team. Rookie defenseman Cale Makar also has been an impact player with eight assists. The Avalanche have cap space to add a player or two.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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