We promise not to overreact in this space to early success or failure by NHL teams. It takes a good three weeks to get a sense of whether or not a few early wins or losses mean anything bigger about a team.
But the Florida Panthers are an interesting team to check in on during early action because they are building off the success of last season. They won their division, completely revamped their defense and have jumped out to a 2-0 start with an NHL-best plus-four goal differential, allowing just two goals. Their opening day lineup had nine new players on it.