Now in the new Metropolitan Division, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers are in the same spots they were most of last season.
The Penguins are at the top as the division's highest-scoring team, and the Flyers are at the bottom due greatly to a woeful offense heading into these rivals' season series opener Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Sidney Crosby has keyed Pittsburgh's hot start, leading the NHL with 12 points following a hat trick in Saturday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay and three assists Tuesday in a 3-2 victory over Edmonton.
"Everything goes through (Crosby)," said linemate Chris Kunitz, who had four points in those two wins. "... Anytime the puck is on his stick we look pretty good out there."
While Crosby has helped the Penguins (5-1-0) get at least three goals in every game, the Flyers (1-6-0) are the league's only team yet to score that many. Pittsburgh tops the Eastern Conference with 3.8 goals per game, and Philadelp...