Tarik El-Bashir assesses the top teams in the National Hockey League. Records are through Feb. 9.
1. Detroit Red Wings, 36-17-2. Last week: 1 After dropping back-to-back games in Edmonton and Phoenix, they extended their winning streak at Joe Louis Arena to 18 gameswith a 4-2 win over the Oilers on Wednesday, the first of a six-game home stand. With two more victories, the Jimmy Howard-less Wings can tie the NHL record Ross D. Franklin/AP Buy Photo