Atlantic Division Quickly Becoming a Two-Horse Race

December 17th, 2009 by Doug Gausepohl Leave a reply »
The sound of the gun that fired ex-Flyers coach John Stevens, and the frustration on the face of Rangers coach John Tortarella, as he slammed a chair out of his way at his latest post-game news conference, are two things that will tell you all you need to know about the Atlantic Division this season.

It belongs to the New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers were picked in the preseason to win the Stanley Cup according to The Hockey News yearbook. Yeah, that doesn't look likely.

Sorry Philadelphia, but at least you still got those damn Phillies. No one feels bad for you.

The Rangers started the season 7-1, but then lost 18 of their last 25, to end up 7-18. Not a bad power play percentage, but it's a horrible W-L record.

Sorry, Rangahs.  And as a Devils fan, you have no pity here. 

The Islanders; eh, why bother?

On with the Penguins and the Devils.  They are currently deadlocked at 47 points —the Devils technically get first place since they have played two less games than Pittsburgh, have the same amount of wins, and own the season series 2-0. 

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