Still not scared of the Caps, I respect them as they have a very talented group of individuals but the Team concept is still missing. Boudreau is proof that talent can only go so far on it's own. He's not much of a coach, his tirades just make him look stupid it isn't like the team responds to them. Easily one of the worst coaches in the league.
Bylsma and the Pens on the other hand? Yeah they deserve to be ranked #1.
That's something to be excited about with the Rangers, it's clear they are a "team" and Torts although I wasn't a fan his first season he really showed last year he's a good coach. He also stopped throwing fits as much, a more restrained and focused guy now.
Malkin has been as injury prone as Gaborik lately, and the jury's out on if Crosby comes back and is the same player and puts up points on a torrid pace like he was pre-concussion. Sullivan and Neal are solid additions, but if one of Crosby or Malkin is out of the lineup at any given time, they're about as ordinary as anyone else in the division.
Boston may end up as the third seed but only if they manage to win their division again. I don't see them being in the top three teams point wise. Teams measure themselves against the Stanley Cup champs. Practically every game they're going to get the absolute best effort out of their opponents. They played 20 some games of grueling playoff hockey and will have the shortest summer of every other team except Vancouver. They have a number of very good players but they are not star studded and their main goaltender is getting old--he's going to need more rest next year--I would think anyway.
I actually think the Rangers or the Flyers are going to end with the third best record but probably the Flyers. I think barring tons of injuries the Rangers could end up anywhere between 2nd and 7th.