have begun to separate themselves from the pack a bit. They've played very well the last couple months and seem to be firing on all cylinders, unfortunately. Also, the Pens have potential and are starting to realize some of that (points in their last 9 games, including 8 wins and . We are seeing a bit of a separation as the season goes on, but more and more teams are hanging in there (more parity, as Chosen has said).
Lets not forget the defending Stanley Cup Champions. In my opinion, I favor them even over Detroit.