in the west, id say the avs, yotes, kings and preds have been surprisingly good. wings, blues and bluejackets surprisingly bad. Not surprised to see names like crosby, ovechkin and thornton in the running for most points but henrik sedin leading the league so far is a bit of a surprise. Marleau and Gaborik are having great seasons so far as well but they have always been great players so not too surprising
the east has fewer surprises. Everyone knew the Caps and Pens were going to be two of the best. Devils, Senators and Sabres have been better than I expected. Flyers, Habs and Bruins have underacheived. And for Carolina to be so bad after reaching the conf finals is a bit surprising.
Carter and Vanek have been disappointing as far goal scoring. Both conf playoff races are tight which will make for a great race down the stretch. If I had to predict now, Id say Caps vs Blackhawks in the cup finals