While it's been 19 games, the Devils have looked either like a good team or a bad team. The good news is that they've won games at the start of the season, which means they'll have a slightly easier time making the playoffs if they have a rough stretch or two. Of course, they're also still in a position to possibly win the Atlantic Division, which would give them home ice advantage for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs. While the Devils didn't have any trouble without the benefit of home-ice advantage, having the last change and a crowd in your team's favour is always helpful. So is it possible to win the Atlantic?

Looking at the Other Teams

The Atlantic is pretty even to be honest. The Penguins are definitely the best team in the Atlantic- not only are they a good possession team (52.6% Close score Fenwick), they're not benefitting from good luck (1010 PDO). What's going in their favour is that they do have Sidney Crosby, who is currently 1 point behind Steven Stamkos for the NHL's lead in points and is very good at hockey, regardless of what you think about him. Even without Evgeni Malkin, they still have Chris Kunitz (21 points), James Neal (12 goals) and Kris Letang (16 points in 19 games) and solid secondary scoring. Their achilles heel will be their goaltending- the .918 ESSV% is a bit worrisome. However, good puck possession can make up for poor goaltending.

The Rangers don't look like the dominant beast of the east, but rather an average team. The .928 ESSV% indicates that Henrik Lundqvist is looking like Henrik Lundqvist again, which is good for them. The bad news is that even with Rick Nash, they're not scoring- their 41 goals is good for last in the eastern conference. Brad Richards is inching closer and closer to a buyout. Their bottom 6 is kind of a mess right now. However, you can't count them out yet. They're a good possession team (53.4% Fenclose) with 1008 PDO If Lundqvist has a stretch of absurd goaltending like he had last year, then they might find themselves in the Atlantic division title picture. Good thing everyone had unrealistic expectations for them!