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Southeast Division Standings: Thrashers On Top, But For How Long?

Finally, after a month of fighting an a meltdown of epic proportions by the Washington Capitals, the Atlanta Thrashers sit pretty on top of the division standings for the first time since their divisional championship in 2007. Last season the Thrashers finished second, thirty-eight points behind Washington. The Capitals aren't having the year that many expected them to, and Atlanta's exceeding expectations. Of course, it's just a tenuous one point lead, and a loss to the Blues by the Thrashers tonight coupled with a very possible win over the Devils by Washington, and the standings flip again. Of course, you can't forget Tampa Bay, who is tied with Washington for second place. A Thrashers and Capitals loss tonight and a Lightning win over the New York Islanders tomorrow puts them in first place.

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No one expected the Southeast to have four teams over .500, but if Florida keeps playing the way that they have been, the division can finish with all five teams having winning records - the only division in the Eastern Conference where that's even a possibility.

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Southeast Standings

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GP W L OTL PT
Atlanta351911543
Tampa Bay331910442
Washington351912442
Carolina321513434
Florida311516030
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(updated 12.21.2010 at 9:35 AM EST)

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.