by PuckStopsHere on 01/27/13 at 01:59 PM ET
Early in the season there is usually some jockeying around as the first place team in the NHL is established. We have the early first leader in the Chicago Blackhawks. They have won all five of their games so far this season, posting a 5-0 record with 10 points. The toughest game they have had so far was an overtime victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. They won 3-2.
Chicago is a strong team with a solid core of star players including Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. It's probably the deepest group of front-line stars any team in the NHL can offer. However there is reason to wonder if they are truly the best team in the NHL. Last season the Blackhawks posted a strong 101 points. This was good enough for tenth overall in the NHL. That was only ten points behind first overall - so it's possible that is a small enough margin that it is within the uncertainty from random results in a given season.
Chicago is a good team. It is possible that they could finish first overall. Their fast start this season will help to get them there but it is unlikely that they will hold that position all season long. There are too many other teams that can challenge them. More than likely there will be a season-long race for first overall'
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