It's too soon for the NHL's slow-starting teams -- and their followers -- to panic.
Let's put it this way: If the disappointing starts of the Maple Leafs, Rangers and others this season are irreversible and automatically indicative of long-term problems, then the converse should be true, right? Is everyone counting on that Tampa Bay Lightning-Minnesota Wild Stanley Cup final? Vinny vs. Marian? St. Petersburg (and Tampa and Clearwater) vs. St. Paul (and Minneapolis and Bloomington)?
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