In this week's edition of Five for Friday, E.J. Hradek explains that part of the Capitals' struggles this season can be blamed on the increasing strength of their divisional foes. Also: how the Stars can maintain their surprising start.
E.J. Hradek's normal Thursday mailbag addresses a variety of topics: the Rick Rypien incident, the Shane Doan suspension, the Sharks' early struggles, whether the Devils should move Ilya Kovalchuk to left wing, and more.