Early post-lockout play contradicts theories 

February, 6, 2013

Patrick KaneAP Photo/Darryl DyckPatrick Kane and the Blackhawks have gotten off to a hot start.
The lockout extended long enough that there was plenty of time to theorize which teams would have the early advantage once the season started, which players would be able to capitalize early in the season and just how the game might look upon its return.

Turns out some of those theories haven't panned out, and there has been just enough time to evaluate them. In a typical season, training camp opens around Sept. 16 and the first preseason games are just a few days later. By the time the season starts, teams have typically been together for 25 days or so. Plenty of time to work out the kinks.