Yes, the season only may be six weeks old. And, yes, no team has played 20 games yet, so much of the season's story remains to be told.
Yet, there was no denying that Friday's matchup between the visiting Dallas Stars
-- the top team points-wise in the League -- and the Pittsburgh Penguins
-- the Eastern Conference leaders -- has a big-game feel full of intriguing storylines.
Even the continued absence of Sidney Crosby
, who had been rumored to make his return from season-long concussion issues Friday, won't tarnish the shine on this East-West heavyweight battle (7 p.m., NHLN-US).