NHL Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

March 18th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »

* - Division leader

1. *Washington Capitals – 103

It’s tough to find a weak spot in the Capitals’ game. With a 14-game win streak, this team is not slowing down. Some say they are a one-man team, with Ovechkin leading the way. However, without him in the lineup this season, the Caps have gone 6-2. The Capitals lead the league in goal differential with a plus-79 rating.

2. *New Jersey Devils – 87

Under new coach Jacques Lemaire, the Devils have had a rebirth, jumping atop the always-tough Atlantic Division. With the fewest goals against in the league, Lemaire has brought his defensive play back to New Jersey where it all started. Hall-of-fame goaltender Martin Brodeur has had a great comeback year, as he’s put up a .914 save percentage and leads the NHL in wins.

3. *Buffalo Sabres – 82
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