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What has been biggest surprise of NHL season?

Devil of a situation

Helene Elliott

Los Angeles Times

The Devils' poor start after they threw $100 million at winger Ilya Kovalchuk is the biggest stunner so far this season — and a source of great amusement to rival general managers who foresaw the salary-cap problems general manager Lou Lamoriello would have after such an extravagant signing.

The Devils can't score, goaltender Martin Brodeur has suddenly aged about a decade and coach John MacLean could win the first-coach-fired pool if he doesn't win some games soon.

In the West, the Kings' strong start isn't a huge surprise — they have been touted as potential Pacific Division winners or a...