GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Remember that fast start every NHL club talked about and dreamed about when the 113-day lockout ended and the 48-game sprint -- er, schedule -- was unveiled? Well, Chicago is the team everybody else was hoping to be.
The Blackhawks have raced out to an NHL-best 8-0-2 record despite playing eight of their first 10 games on the road. They have not been beaten in regulation or overtime. Their only two losses came in shootouts at Minnesota and Vancouver, meaning nobody has beaten this team straight up nearly a quarter of the way through the season.
While many theorized that the Coyotes offseason workouts together would help them, its become clear that the teams with skill have enjoyed an early advantage while clubs that are reliant on finely tuned systems have taken a little longer to get things sorted out. Thats been true of the Coyotes, who after a slow start have looked more like themselves in pulling back to the .500 mark.
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