The 10-game rule and 30 Thoughts:

A few years ago, I was chatting with a GM about a team that started the NHL season very nicely.

“I believe in the 10-game rule,” he snorted. “You don’t get a true sense of a team in the first 10 games. I don’t put too much into a hot or cold start.”

Well, he’s modified that stance — slightly.

“With the three-point games, teams can’t win the Stanley Cup in the first 10 games of the season,” he said. “But they sure can lose it that quickly.”