Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man expert all season long.
It is hard to believe that the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers officially dropped the puck on the North American portion of the National Hockey League season 173 days ago. The night started with a banner raising, but ended with a Bruins 2-1 loss, showing us all just how quickly things can change in a few short months.
A night like that gives hope to every team in the league, as being last year's champion doesn't mean much in the here and now. It proves that a new season is upon us and what might have been the case in June might not be the case in October. Unfortunately, there is a flip side to that thinking and what may be the case in October just might not apply in March either. That brings us to today, where the entire season and its outcome rides on how you play out the next twelve days.