I will say i like the top 8 just think so much posibility to change.
Like #1 will be buffalo im pretty sure. injuries and all but the have the depth to hold the fort down. Can NJ catch maybe but Sabers have 2 games in hand. And i would be more worried about Ottawa cathcing buffalo or the Mighty Pens on the shoulders of sid the kid. 12 points is a lot at this time in season but buffalo starts losing like lost to colorado… its free game for a hot team to come in and sweep. But I look at standins like this
#1 Sabres vs #8 Rangers
#2 Penguins vs #7 Lightning
#3 Thrashers vs #6 Islanders
#4 Senators vs #5 Devils
might seem far fetched but i think ottawa and penguins will past devils in total points forcing them to 5th but dont matter i see ottawa devils in first round. to me would be an amazing series.