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03-16-2012, 09:20 AM
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Toughest Divsion - Atlantic or Central?

Both the Atlantic and Central may have their top four teams finish with 100+ points, but at the bottom.. the NYI with a big edge over Columbus seems to put the Atlantic at the top of the heap.

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03-16-2012, 10:47 AM
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I think the Central was the toughest for most of the season. Currently, I'd probably give the nod to the Atlantic as DET has taken a bit of a slide and NSH / CHI are not doing terrible but not exactly killing it either. Aggregate division points currently are 429 for the Atlantic and 414 for the Central.

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03-16-2012, 11:26 AM
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It has been Atlantic - Central - Atlantic so far in my opinion. Just how long each period lasted is very subjective.

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03-16-2012, 11:26 AM
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I think that Pittsburgh as they stand now are the best team out of all those teams, even when Detroit is healthy. I'll give the edge to the Atlantic.

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03-16-2012, 11:28 AM
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I have to agree that the edge goes to the Atlantic, but being in either division has been a nightmare all season.

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03-16-2012, 11:30 AM
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They're both hard divisions to play in which makes it even more amazing that 8 out of the top 10 teams in the league are from the two divisions and the other two teams were the SCF teams from last year. I'd give the edge to the Atlantic at the moment.

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Atlantic, most hated and toughest division!!!

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Better division I give Atlantic the slight edge. Toughest division hands down goes to Central. STL/NSH are arguably the two toughest teams in the league, DET brings some serious veteran experience. All three bring solid D and great goaltending. Atlantic would break against Central like a wave upon rocks.

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03-16-2012, 12:27 PM
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Yes, its Atlantic. Kind of weird that OP used the last team in respective conferences as a measure stick.

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03-16-2012, 03:26 PM
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Atlantic has weak *** travel. Heck half the teams jump on a train to get to opponents city. Soft. Real Soft.

Obviously the Central is a much harder grind.AINEC.

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Atlantic has weak *** travel. Heck half the teams jump on a train to get to opponents city. Soft. Real Soft.

Obviously the Central is a much harder grind.AINEC.
You think riding a train in the Northeast makes you soft? Guess you've never done it

Atlantic has had 4 very good teams all year, whereas St. Louis started off very slow, and Chicago went through/is going through quite a lull. And the hate within INEC

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03-16-2012, 03:39 PM
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Atlantic has had 4 very good teams all year, whereas St. Louis started off very slow, and Chicago went through/is going through quite a lull. And the hate within INEC
The Blues were 6-7 prior to Hitchcock being hired. They have been playing at a high level for the most part since his hiring.

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03-16-2012, 04:14 PM
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St Louis > New York
Detroit = Pittsburgh
Nashville = Philadelphia
Chicago < New Jersey
Columbus < New York

Edge Atlantic, at least this for this season.

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St Louis > New York
Detroit = Pittsburgh
Nashville = Philadelphia
Chicago < New Jersey
Columbus < New York

Edge Atlantic, at least this for this season.
I don't think you can definitively put New Jersey as better than Chicago.

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Blues = Rangers
Detroit = Pittsburgh
Nashville = Philly
Chicago = New Jersey
Columbus < Isles

that's really the only difference I see. It's so close it's scary.

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03-16-2012, 04:47 PM
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St Louis > New York
Detroit = Pittsburgh
Nashville = Philadelphia
Chicago < New Jersey
Columbus < New York

Edge Atlantic, at least this for this season.
I'm not sure New Jersey is better than Chicago. I also don't think that St. Louis is better than the NYR. Granted St. Louis won the 1 game they played each other, but that's a tiny sample. St. Louis is 3 points ahead with the Rangers having 2 games in hand. It's not inconceivable that the Rangers can overtake them.

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I'm not sure New Jersey is better than Chicago. I also don't think that St. Louis is better than the NYR. Granted St. Louis won the 1 game they played each other, but that's a tiny sample. St. Louis is 3 points ahead with the Rangers having 2 games in hand. It's not inconceivable that the Rangers can overtake them.
If we're giving any significance to the inter-division series between these teams, then Chicago > NYR.

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03-16-2012, 04:58 PM
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Bah. The teams in the Central haven't had close to the injuries the teams in the Atlantic has, and still the Atlantic is ahead on aggregate and even on the top 4.

The central is a great division also, but the Atlantic is the toughest thing around. Whether you look at points, offense, physicality.... goal tending also most likely.

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Blues = Rangers
Detroit = Pittsburgh
Nashville = Philly
Chicago = New Jersey
Columbus < Isles

that's really the only difference I see. It's so close it's scary.
I agree. It doesn't really matter, if you play in the atlantic or central division, divisional games are always tough as hell. Despite playing the toughest teams for a larger majority than the rest of the NHL, these teams still are all parked in the top 10 of the league. That's just crazy.

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West always wins.

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03-17-2012, 12:47 AM
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Great thread.

I think the Atlantic gets the slightest of edge here but so slight that you can't really argue with anyone who says Atlantic or Central, IMO

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Edge to the Atlantic. The Central Division is terrible to be in, though. Somehow, the Blackhawks have played some good hockey this year and are in fourth. It's just not fair.

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Great thread.

I think the Atlantic gets the slightest of edge here but so slight that you can't really argue with anyone who says Atlantic or Central, IMO

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Tough call, gotta say Atlantic right now tho

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