The Southleast Division
Currently, Boston has as many points as Atlanta and Carolina, but has games in hand on both. Boston sits in 9th, Atlanta in 3rd and Carolina in 10th. Boston's on pace for 89-90 points, which means the division champion in the Southeast is on pace for less than 90 points. Only Washington right now looks to be on pace for more points than they had last year in the Southeast, and with the streak they've been on, look like a challenger for that #3 seed all of a sudden. Recently, Carolina, Florida, and Tampa haven't looked good at all. Atlanta, playing basically .500 hockey for the past month or so, has stumbled into the #3 seed.
For all of Tampa Bay's issues, they are only 9 points out of the #3 seed with 36 games to play. That's not an easy task, but it isn't exactly an unprecedented gain over the last 45% of the season.
And this is with a division-heavy schedule, where teams automatically pick up a ton of points beating up on one another. Just imagine the potential for an Eastern Conference division to get hammered if they actually have to play the West more than 10 games a year.
Who's on pace for what:
That's ugly stuff.
In goals for, the teams sit 17th, 5th, 11th, 26th and 9th in the league, but in goals against, it's 26th, 27th, 25th, 21st and 30th.
The goaltending in the division, quite frankly, has been brutal.
Take Florida's .913 out of the mix and that falls to .890.