We have a general idea ofat the start of November, especially when it comes to the league's top contenders.
As we prepare for a new month of hockey, however, there are plenty of questions to be raised. We have 31 of them -- one for each team -- right here:
Tampa Bay Lightning: If their scoring sprees continue at this rate, how can they not be the clear-cut favorites to reach the Stanley Cup Final? (Yes, we know it's too early, but that's why we're asking this in November.)
St. Louis Blues: How good will they be once their banged-up bench is restored to full health?
Vegas Golden Knights: Now that they've coasted through their first 10, can they prove they're formidable on the road, especially with three -- count 'em: three -- goalies now sidelined?
Vancouver Canucks: Are we to believe Vancouver's puzzling offseason emphasis on adding veteran stopgaps is truly paying off?
Toronto Maple Leafs: How long can they manage with the defense they have now?
Dallas Stars: How long will it take for the Stars' new crew to fully gel, and if/when they do, are we talking about a serious challenger for the Central?
Philadelphia Flyers: What's worse for the Flyers right now: Goalie concerns over the long haul, or blue-line injuries in the short term?
Colorado Avalanche: Is all their idle early-season practice time going to help or hurt them?
Chicago Blackhawks: Have we already seen the best of Chicago's nostalgically reunited bunch?
Washington Capitals: What's it going to take for the Capitals to find the next gear after a slow start and worse summer?
Detroit Red Wings: Will they be buyers or sellers by the time the deadline rolls around?
Minnesota Wild: Once Nico Niederreiter gets comfortable again, they'll quickly leapfrog the Blackhawks, right?
Carolina Hurricanes: Are Carolina fans more concerned with this team's on-ice performance or its off-ice future?
Montreal Canadiens: How many more games until it's safe to say Montreal's scoring touch has truly returned?
New York Rangers: Will Alain Vigneault survive this horrendous opening stretch if it continues much longer?
Arizona Coyotes: How soon until the relocation rumors resurface?