There is no doubt that the first two months of American Hockey League season have been action packed. The Devils are a prime example as the team started with a blazing 6-0-0-1 record and sat atop not only the Northeast Division, but the Eastern Conference at the end of October. Since then, other teams have caught up and Albany is now 7-4-1-3.
So what have we learned during the first 15 or so games? The Northeast Division is tough. Consider this, of the six divisions (three in the East and three in the West), the Northeast is the only division that has all five teams with winning records.
Here is graphical proof of the Northeast’s impact in the East:
Eastern Conference Rank
Red: Northeast Division
Blue: Non-Northeast Division
Ranking based on winning percentage
Albany, Bridgeport, Hartford, Springfield and Syracuse all have winning percentages above .600. If the playoffs were to start today, all five teams would be playing.