Measuring division strength
Here's a look at how well the six divisions do in play outside of their division. Every team outside of New Jersey and Boston, who face each other next week, has played exactly 50 non-division games this season:
Since we're into a stretch of purely divisional games, there's an obvious benefit to playing in a weaker division. Points are going to be harder to come by in the Atlantic and Northeast Division battles, as those teams have made up a lot of points against the Southeast, while the Northwest rates slightly better than the other two Western Conference divisions.
Keep in mind that Anaheim's 94 points as part of the Pacific Division isn't necessarily better than Calgary's 88 in the Northwest. Strength of schedule has played a part in shaping the standings, and that'll play a big role in the final two weeks.