Strengths of Divisions
Just a simple check to see how this stuff is shaking out. By goal differential sans empty netters and shootout goals, here are how the divisions stack up.
Last year Toronto would have had a legitimate beef that the lopsided interdivisonal schedule cost them a playoff spot even with Belfour's poor season. I have a warm feeling that the same thing might happen to the Leafs again this season. Fingers crossed.
I would have guessed that the Northwest Division was still a fair bit stronger than the Pacific. By this measure it's about the same, this even with the two weak sisters, PHX and L.A, in the mix.
And how did the Atlantic turn to suck so fast? That surely can't all be pinned on Philly. Damn.