The Metropolitan Division is certainly a bit top-heavy. While the Hurricanes, Devils and Flyers are in different phases of a rebuilding plan and youth movement, there are teams at the top built to win now.
The Rangers, Penguins and Capitals all have a strong Stanley Cup case. The Islanders are knocking on the door.
But how do they stack up with the defending champs? Using five characteristics that made the Chicago Blackhawks great (full explanation here), we examine the Stanley Cup chances of each Metropolitan team.