After one month of regular-season hockey, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks
find themselves sitting atop the Western Conference's Central Division and tied for the second-most points in the National Hockey League.
Left wing Patrick Sharp
leads the NHL with 10 goals and is tied for third in points with 15.
On the surface, it looks like all is well in the Windy City. However, a look deeper shows something else.
The Blackhawks have played more games than any other team, so their 7-5-1 record diminishes the grand total of 15 points. Perhaps the grind that was October has contributed to Chicago's average start.
"We've had a lot of games, been pretty busy," forward Patrick Kane
said. "Overall, I think we probably had a little bit of a slow start to the season, but it seems like we've been playing a little bit better as of late."