Originally Posted by DivineLegion
Not really, you can point to key injuries as reasonable explanation for the Easts top down record. Carolina, Ottowa, New Jersey come to mind. That's your top six with Toronto, Winnipeg, and New York making a reasonable playoff bubble.
Carolina is definitely underachieving. I guess the young guys on D didn't develop as fast as they hoped.
Ottawa is a damn good team, with injured guys back, they join that group of Pens, Bruins and Habs as top 4 in east.