Survival of the fittest in short season

Updated: January 24, 2013, 3:44 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The action has already been breathtaking with so many games every night.

When you're trying to squeeze 48 games into 99 days, that's what you're going to get. And hockey fans are in for a treat right to the finish.

What you're also going to get is a lot of injuries. With less time to recover between games and not much time to prepare before the season started, it's a strong possibility.

And let's not start pointing fingers here. Both owners and players were on board ...

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