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Friday Frivolity: Fun with standings

"It's Dec. 4, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses."


Just thought this was a happy glance for a Friday afternoon:

Atlantic Standings

Pittsburgh 29 20 9 0 40
New Jersey 25 17 7 1 35
New York Islanders 28 11 10 7 29
Philadelphia 25 13 11 1 27
New York Rangers 27 13 13 1 27

(updated 12.4.2009 at 8:50 AM EST)

Sure, games in hand 'n all that. But the joy of rebuild expectations (sorry, don't use that word) is that we can be pleasantly surprised at where the Isles are -- growing, evaluating, maturing -- while the Rangers are shuffling deck chairs and the Flyers are holding closed-door meetings. [UPDATE: And firing coach John Stevens.]

Have a wonderful Friday night, Islanders fans. Fun resumes tomorrow in Tampa Bay.