Our scribes go off deep end while assessing NHL's early-season losers
Editor's note: Our weekly "Faceoff" returns this season as ESPN.com NHL writers Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Pierre LeBrun (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!
This week's topic: Assessing some of the NHL's bottom-feeders at the quarter mark. Can they rebound and reach the postseason?
Scott Burnside: Pierre! C'as vas? I know you're in Montreal for Patrick Roy's big sweater-raising, so I thought I'd trot out my French for you. ...
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2008-09: NHL QUARTERLY REPORT
• The quotes: The NHL doesn't have a Terrell Owens, but there are times when the words do start flying. Here are some memorable quotes and story lines so far. Damien Cox
• The teams: At the quarter mark, we're taking stock of all 30 clubs. Some earned top grades, while others have some serious work to do before the All-Star break. Scott Burnside
• The awards: Before the season's start, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin were picked by many to win MVP. Will those picks hold up? Right now, we're not so sure. Awards race
• Malkin's run: After a lowly finish to last season, Evgeni Malkin is proving he has no Cup finals hangover. Scott Burnside checks in with the league's best player so far. Story
• The rookie race: It looks nothing like what the preseason pundits predicted. And for the first time since the lockout, it's a wide-open race without a big-name attraction. LeBrun
• The coaches: What to make of all the coaches so far this season? Terry Frei is back again for his bench-boss rankings, looking at where they stand at the quarter mark. Story
MORE COVERAGE• Watch: Watch: Matthew Barnaby on why Crosby is still the best
• Rank 'em: Your MVP picks at the quarter mark