A strong Northeast division and the Atlantic veterans leave the state of New York and their fans crying until next year.
Tampa has a cup hangover but manages to take the Southeast anyway due to its weak opposition.
Atlanta’s defence slightly improves under Bob Hartley and their ability to win consistently against weak Southeast rivals is enough to barely squeek into the post season for the first time.
Pittsburgh’s offensive core is enough to offset the lacking defensive skill and ability in goal, Crosby enters the playoffs in his rookie year.
Toronto’s elderly core can’t compete with the potent Northeast rivals and find themselves on the outside looking in.
Until April 06′.