Rob Pizzo, my partner-in-podcast at theScore, dug up some pretty interesting info for us today.

He wanted to look at how teams have improved or gotten worse since last season. And, instead of just picking today’s date, he went back and said (as an example) ”okay – New Jersey has played 32 games so far this year – where were they after 32 games last year?”

Below is that information for every NHL team. How do you like the direction of yours?

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Eastern Conference

Team Games Played Pts 10-11 Pts 11-12 Change
1. Boston 32 38 45 +7
2. Philadelphia 32 45 44 -1
3. Florida 33 32 42 +10
4. NY Rangers 30 35 40 +5
5. Pittsburgh 33 44 40 -4
6. New Jersey 32 20 37 +17
7. Toronto 33 28 36 +8
8. Buffalo 32 30 35 +5
9. Winnipeg/Atlanta 32 38 34 -4
10. Ottawa 33 31 34 +3
11. Washington 31 39 33 -6
12. Montreal 34 40 33 -7
13. Tampa Bay 32 40 30 -10
14. NY Islanders 30 18 26 +8
15. Carolina 34 34 26 -8

Western Conference

Team Games Played Pts 10-11 Pts 11-12 Change
1. Chicago 33 35 46 +11
2. Minnesota 34 36 45 +9
3. Dallas 32 41 39 -2
4. Detroit 32 44 43 -1
5. St. Louis 32 35 42 +7
6. Vancouver 33 45 42 -3
7. Nashville 32 40 38 -2
8. San Jose 30 35 37 +2
9. Phoenix 32 37 35 -2
10. Los Angeles 33 41 34 -7
11. Colorado 34 42 33 -9
12. Calgary 33 31 32 +1
13. Edmonton 33 30 31 +1
14. Anaheim 33 36 23 -13
15. Columbus 33 37 22 -15

Biggest Jumps:

New Jersey (+17)
Chicago (+11)
Florida (+10)
Minnesota (+9)
NY Islanders/Toronto (+8)

Biggest Drops:

Columbus (-15)
Anaheim (-13)
Tampa Bay (-10)
Colorado (-9)
Carolina (-8)

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A few thoughts from this info:

* The Islanders are eight points better after 30 games, yet still find themselves in 14th. A) They better cash in on those games in hand, and B) how bad were they last year? It’s like I have a mental block on the past few years.

* Columbus gets Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski, two huge off-season moves, and gets worse by more than two touchdowns.

* Scott Arniel still has a job, eh? Hmm.

* Colorado is doing worse than this point last year? It wasn’t long ago they were up there with Dallas at the top of the West. It ain’t been pretty lately.

* The Devils had 20 points after 32 games last season – don’t they remind you of Anaheim this year? Team with talent that inexplicably sucks and starts so poorly they burn any playoff hopes by Christmas?

* Dallas had this many points last year at this time too? I don’t remember them being in the mix at all for some reason.

And last…

* Of the “five biggest drops” list, only two have fired their coach. Odd when you consider how many have been canned this season.