Tarik El-Bashir assesses the top teams in the National Hockey League this week (Dec. 30). Records are through Thursday’s games.
1 (1 last week): Boston Bruins; 26-10-1 Goalie Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins kicked off 2012 with a pair of dominant wins, crushing New Jersey, 6-1, and embarrassing Calgary, 9-0. Through 37 games, the defending champs have scored a whopping 135 goals and yielded a scant 68. Wow. Bill Kostroun/AP Buy Photo