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07-31-2013, 11:49 AM
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Craig Custance of ESPN wrote a feature on each division. Teams trending up,down or neutral.

Quote:
Trending: Up -- Last season was a strange one for the Rangers, a popular pick to win the Stanley Cup. Instead, they had to battle just to make the playoffs and ended up firing coach John Tortorella. A fresh start under Alain Vigneault plus the return of Marc Staal on defense and a motivated Brad Richards should push the Rangers closer to the top of the Eastern Conference than the No. 6 seed they earned last season. Henrik Lundqvist is the best goalie in the division, and the top four of Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto and Staal stacks up with any defense in the East.
http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/blog/...teams-trending

The other teams trending up are Philly and Carolina

Neutral teams are Pittsburgh,Jersey and Islanders

Down trend for Caps and Columbus

In the new format,3 teams in each division make the playoffs with 2 wildcards in each conference.

Boston
Detroit
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto
Buffalo
FLA
TB

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