By points percentage
So much for the Devils' struggles, which just shows what a good stretch can do for a team.
This is really a picture of parity, with the NHL's third-best team just nine points ahead of the 27th best, and we're closing in on 40 per cent of the way through the season. Twenty-five teams have somewhere between 14 and 17 wins, and the lowest division leader in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes, is projected to finish ninth with just 87 points.
They of course would be bumped up to third, which would put Toronto in ninth.
Imagine the outrage.
As of right now, out west, Columbus would sneak into the postseason just ahead of Chicago, but that seems to change weekly, and one would assume the Alberta teams are going to take that spot at some point. Nashville and Anaheim are also likely to improve.
Right now, all things considered, Claude Julien gets my vote for the Jack Adams given how he's turned things around in Boston, but given the Bruins' style of play, that might be more an indictment of the way the league's going than anything.