- Corey Pronman, ESPN Insider
In all sports, teams want to start a season hot. It's simple logic. If you're hot while others falter, you might be able to establish an insurmountable lead by the midpoint of a season, which affords you flexibility headed towards the postseason.
Last season, the Colorado Avalanche used their blistering start to set the tone for a surprising playoff year. Just a few weeks into this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars have blitzed to 4-0-1 and 4-1-0 respective records out of the starting gates. Is it time to start thinking playoffs in Toronto and Dallas? Our study says fans should rein in those expectations for now.
Let's say you're a fan of the Maple Leafs, Oilers or another team who came out of the gate quickly this season. Does it mean a lot? Can you ride a hot fall into a No. 7 or No. 8 seed come April? Puck Prospectus investigates using metrics and history.