It comes as little surprise that the Pittsburgh Penguins sit atop the Eastern Conference with Sidney Crosby holding the early edge in the scoring race.
Few may have expected the Colorado Avalanche to get off to such a hot start under first-year coach Patrick Roy.
Pittsburgh seeks a fifth straight victory while looking to remain perfect at home Monday night as it faces a Colorado team that has yet to lose on the road.
The Penguins (7-1-0) finished with the most points in the East in the lockout-shortened season, and they're off to their best start since beginning 9-1-0 in 2009-10 - the season after Crosby captained the team to the Stanley Cup.
Crosby scored and added two assists in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver and leads the league with 17 points. He has recorded at least two in four straight and has a point in Pittsburgh's first eight games for the first time in his career.
''I don't feel that different to be honest,'' Crosby said, comparing this season's start to ...