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Penguins best of a bad bunch - 10-17-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins will face their long-time rival the Flyers later tonight in Philadelphia. They face a team which is reeling in the wake of a coaching change and injuries to significant players. But the Flyers aren't alone in their struggles early this season, at least when it comes to division rivals.

The only thing worse than the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division's name is the level of play within the division outside of Pittsburgh.

Outside of the Hurricanes and Islanders, each of whom are hovering at .500, the rest of the Division has been outright wretched.

Of the seven lowest win totals in this young season, Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division account for seven of them.

Out of the 10 shutouts in the NHL this season, Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division teams have been the victims of them four times.

A brief glance of some basic statistics will illustrate how much better the Penguins have been in comparison to their Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan rivals.

(Note: This list includes the Rangers' 2-0 shutout of the Capitals Wednesday night.)

Team Record (Points) Points % Average
Goals For
Average
Goals Against
Average Shots
Per Game
Average Shots
Against Per Game
Penguins 5-1-0 (10) .833 3.83
(+1.33)
2.50 31.0
(+5.7)
25.3
Hurricanes 2-2-3 (7) .500 2.14 2.17
(-0.03)
32.1 32.9
(-0.8)
Islanders 2-2-2 (6) .500 3.00
(+0.50)
2.50 27.2 30.8
(-3.6)
Blue Jackets 2-3-0 (4) .400 2.20 2.40
(-0.20)
31.6
(+0.6)
31.0
Rangers 2-4-0 (4) .333 1.83 4.17
(-2.43)
28.5 33.5
(-5.0)
Capitals 2-5-0 (4) .286 2.29 3.43
(-1.14)
2.69 31.0
(-4.1)
Devils 0-3-3 (3) .250 1.83 3.17
(-1.34)
24.8 28.3
(-3.5)
Flyers 1-6-0 (2) .143 1.43 2.86
(-1.43)
28.0 30.4
(-2.2)

(Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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