The Penguins are on fire. We can all admit that they are the force to be reckoned with right now. To add on with my post about Crosby, I think their success is owed to his absence. When Crosby is out, his team feels like they need to play twice as hard because their "star" is out. Also, Evgeni Malkin gets all the attention which is never a bad thing.
Pittsburgh could feasibly take the Atlantic division and the Eastern conference. Catching fir now is always great for teams but they have to hope they don't fizzle out before the playoffs. Well, hope that Fluery doesn't fizzle out before the playoffs. I still stand by my original prediction 5 months ago that the Flyers will hoist the cup this year.
Bryzgalov is hot, Giroux is being Giroux, Simmonds is a beast with Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr is 17 again. This is the team to beat still but I do believe the Penguins are Philadelphia's kryptonite. The last few times they have met in the playoffs, the Penguins have strongly handled the Flyers in short series'.
This offseason, if the Penguins and Flyers meet, Paul Holmgren's career will be defined. Good, bad, or ugly, Holmgren's fate will be decided this season. Whether or not this gamble on Bryzgalov will pay off is what will make or break it for Holmgren.