Tarik El-Bashir assesses the top teams in the National Hockey League this week (March 23). Records are through Thursday’s games.
1 (5 last week): Pittsburgh Penguins; 46-21-6 It’s been more than a month since MVP candidate Evgeni Malkin and his teammates have lost a game in regulation. They are an astounding 13-0-1 in that span, have scored five or more goals in five of their past six games and are only a point behind Eastern Conference-leading Rangers. And, as you may have heard, Sidney Crosby is back. Gene J. Puskar/AP Buy Photo