The current NHL season is nearly a month old, but several teams and players are having difficulties in the early going. With Halloween just around the corner, here's a look at those that are enduring scary starts.
Mediocre Maple Leafs
With just six victories in their first 13 games, the Leafs aren't exactly tearing up the league. Mike Babcock's future as head coach remains a hot topic of discussion among Toronto fans and pundits. Captain John Tavares is sidelined with a broken finger while young stars Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews have been inconsistent.
Having acquired P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Nikita Gusev and top prospect Jack Hughes during the summer, the New Jersey Devils were expected to be serious playoff contenders. Instead, they've dropped seven of their first nine games. If this slump continues, it could hurt their playoff hopes and their chances of re-signing leading scorer Taylor Hall.