It's time to start breaking down the Eastern Conference and we'll start with the Atlantic Division. The Atlantic Division is interesting because most of the teams have received a face lift and look nothing like they did a year ago. Feel free to check out the NHL and TSN Previews that are posted in the Western Conference previews.
2006-2007: 47-24-11 105 points...2nd division...5th conference
Outlook: The Penguins added Petr Sykora and Darryl Sydor to an already potent lineup that includes Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Ryan whitney.
Prediction: 1st division, 1st conference
New York Rangers
2006-2007: 42-30-10 94 points...3rd division...6th conference
Outlook: The Rangers signed high profile free agents Scott Gomez and Chris Drury but had to lose players like Michael Nylander to make room. I'm not sure how much better the Rangers really got because they did not improve the blue line at all.
Prediction: 2nd division, 4th conference
2006-2007: 22-48-12 56 points...5th division...15th conference
Outlook: The Flyers are definitely the most improved team in the NHL but will it be enough to get them into the playoffs. The Flyers will probably need time to gel as a team before they really make a case.
Prediction: 3rd division, 8th conference
New Jersey Devils
2006-2007: 49-24-9 107 points...1st division...2nd conference
Outlook: The Devils have a new coach in Brent Sutter and lost top players Scott Gomez and Brian Rafalski. It should be a tough year for the Devils
Prediction: 4th division, 10th conference
New York Islanders
2006-2007: 40-30-12 92 points...4th division...8th conference
Outlook: The Islanders may have lost more talent than they signed in the off season. One of the players they brought in was Bill Guerin who was then named the captain.
Prediction: 5th division, 14th conference