Or the long-awaited and agonized-over Carey Price breakthrough in Montreal.
But the oddest trend so far is the Russian Slump, led by a pair of dazzling stars who should be tearing up the league.
Washington's Alex Ovechkin, scoring dynamo and blogger man-crush, is on pace for fewer than 40 goals this season.
That would be a banner year for most, but a dud season by Ovechkin's celestial standards. And folks are starting to take notice.
As is usually the case with a slumping superstar, the spotty performance has prompted questions about his attitude, leadership, and off-ice demeanor - the kind of stuff nobody takes notice of when you're on a hot streak.
But it will take a scoring drought of spectacular proportions for Ovechkin to catch his pal and countryman Ilya Kovalchuk in the race for NHL Bust of the Year.
Kovalchuk's dismal numbers and embarrassing moments, within the context of his mind-bending contract and New Jersey's dreadful record... it's a combination almost too bad to be true.
Another Russian thoroughbred, Evgeni Malkin, is finally heating up in Pittsburgh. But he's nowhere near the league scoring leaders, and his point-per-game production is well off his usual pace.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, Alex Semin is outscoring Ovechkin. (As of Wednesday, the two Capitals were the only Russians among the top 20 scorers.)
But Semin's hot-and-cold act suggests he might be the next Alex Kovalev: sublimely skilled; maddeningly unreliable.
Sergei Gonchar's unsightly minus-12 is among the worst in the league, not what the Ottawa Senators had in mind when they opened the vault for a marquee defenseman. Another star defender, Montreal's Andrei Markov is out with a knee injury (again), leaving the Russian NHL defense corps very thin.
And what of those other names that had NHL Draft-niks all hot and bothered in recent years?
The downward trend can't possibly last, not with the skill level Russia brings to the sport.
A couple of good games might be all Ovechkin needs to rev up for a torrid second half and playoff run. October-November is ancient history when the playoffs begin. Even Kovalchuk has time to salvage his season.
But right now, Russia's hockey federation must be grateful this isn't another Olympic year.
The rest of them look like they're still reeling from last winter's shellacking in Vancouver.
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