MORE than possible for Pittsburgh to win the Metro.
This division is so wide open, it isn't even funny.
I never did, and obvsiously STILL do not, buy into the "Metro is the toughest division in hockey" spiel the media was selling (and that some fans were buying), but I DO believe that top to bottom, they are one of the more competitive within itself in the NHL.
Big difference between being the toughest division in hockey to one where all teams are at least competitive with each other.
The latter meaning every team has a shot at the top spot....due to big flaws in every other team.
And within the competitive structure, the Pens and Caps were still the class of it because they, IMO, have the LEAST amount of flaws of the Metro teams.
Really it was either Pitts or Wash's to lose in the 1st place....and I leaned more towards it being the Pens division all along.
Central division is by FAR the toughest with every team top to bottom, capable of being in much better dominant position, had they been in any other division, EVERY team being on the plus side of goal differential, and while not every team is a legit Cup contender, the division features more teams capable of that than the Metro.
But anyways, yea, Pittsburgh can still win the division, because, well, why not?
Caps are looking tough again, but not so tough that the Pens couldn't catch them with a nice run.
What teams in the Metro do at the trade deadline could decidedly shift the balance of power within the division to either Pitts or Wash (or maybe some team lurking in the background like Columbus or NJ, if they ever get their collective heads out of their arses), but if I were forced to place big money on who takes the Metro moving forward, I'd have to go Pens or Caps at this stage.