i'm on that boat, too. That puts the Rangers on pace for 90ish points and puts them in striking distance. I don't think the Devils can get to 92 points so it helps to have more teams in the 86-90 range to pass.
pace isn't everything. it's almost a guarantee that one of these teams (buffalo, carolina, atlanta) is going to beat their pace. even though i think atlanta is the worst of those teams, atlanta has too many points to start gifting them 2 against teams that are higher in the standings.
definitely want the rangers to win tonight.