The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers will soon take the podium for selection Nos. 1 and 2 in the NHL draft, surely sending Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko to either side of the Hudson River. The picks represent a rebirth for two typically proud franchises with one combined playoff berth the past two years.
As the sun dawns on those two Metropolitan Division basement dwellers, it burns brightly for the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders, who combined to take out the two Metro teams who hoarded the past three Stanley Cups, Pittsburgh and Washington, in Round 1 of the playoffs.
In the process, it felt like dusk arrived for two of the most consistently dominant teams of this era. The last time Sidney Crosby’s and Alex Ovechkin’s seasons both finished by the end of Round 1 was 2007,...
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