Sabres will be hard to catch in the East

Updated: January 23, 2007, 3:29 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Atlantic Division

New Jersey Devils Remember all the doom and gloom surrounding Lou Lamoriello's Devils at the start of the season? Neither do the Devils, who surged into the break on a 7-1-2 run to boast the second-best record in the conference behind Buffalo. Goalie Martin Brodeur appears poised to become the first netminder to capture the Hart Trophy since Jose Theodore in 2002. Strangely, only last-place Philadelphia has scored fewer goals in the conference.

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