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Weekly Atlantic Division Snapshot: 1/23 - 1/29

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In this week of the Atlantic Division snapshot, the positions haven't changed, but some teams are putting themselves into position for further movement.

Atlantic Standings

Philadelphia 48 31 12 5 67
Pittsburgh 49 30 15 4 64
New York Rangers 50 28 19 3 59
New York Islanders 46 15 24 7 37
New Jersey 47 15 29 3 33

(updated 1.22.2011 at 10:03 PM EST)

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins may have slipped against the Devils, but the Flyers have a little more space to create a larger lead. Both are starting to pull away from the New York Rangers with games in hand. Meanwhile at the bottom, the New Jersey Devils are creeping up on the New York Islanders.

The New Jersey Devils, for the first time all season, has won all of their games in the prior week. Their 3 game winning streak is their first since 2009 and instead of being in dead last with little hope of advancement, they may be able to get out of the basement this season. They will not likely be able to do so this week, however.

Potential Points Last Week Conf. Position
PHI 4 3-1-0 1st
PIT 2 2-1-0 4th
NYR 4 2-2-0 6th
NYI 6 1-2-0 14th
NJD 4 3-0-0 15th

It's a short week for everyone except for the Islanders since the All-Star Break starts on Thursday and runs through Monday of next week. The Islanders have 3 games and can try to gain some ground on 13th place Ottawa. However, just getting points to hold New Jersey off would be more to their liking. The Devils can't pass the Islanders unless the Devils turn their 3-game winning streak into a 5-game winning streak and the Islanders get no points in the coming week.

The Flyers have a chance to increase their lead on the division by a little bit. They will play one more game than Pittsburgh, taking up that game in hand they have on their in-state rivals. A look at the week ahead shows off what it is and when:

1/23 1/24 1/25 1/26 1/27 1/28 1/29
NYI vs. BUF @ PIT vs. CAR

The Islanders at Penguins game on Tuesday is the only inter-division game this week. Flyers fans will be hoping the Islanders win; the Devils would like to see the Penguins win to stay within striking distance of the Islanders. As for everyone else, it's a mixture of opponents. Devils and Flyers get one of each conference; the Islanders get a game against one of each division in the East; the Rangers get a back-to-back; and the Penguins have just the one game.

The Devils' hot streak of 5-0-1 in their last 6 games have helped them get close to the Islanders, keeping that pace up will eventually overtake them. Let's hope January ends on a high note.