With the NHL season almost halfway complete, we take a look at where teams stand now, compared to where they stood at this point last season. The Islanders are vastly improved, while the Avalanche continue to fall.
The red-hot Chicago Blackhawks have won five straight games, outscoring their opponents 19-8 in that span. Patrick Kane is as lethal as ever, while Kris Versteeg is becoming a top scoring threat. And what about 20-year-old Brandon Saad?
Dan Boyle has a new home in New York, the Flyers lost out on Scott Hartnell due to cap concerns, and the Capitals hired Barry Trotz and are embracing a new defensive approach. Paul Bruno breaks down each team's moves from the Metropolitan Division.