Tarik El-Bashir assesses the top teams in the National Hockey League this week (Dec. 16). Records are through Thursday’s games.
1 (3 last week): Philadelphia Flyers; 20-7-3The Flyers are the NHL's hottest team, having won seven in a row. But the question must be asked: Do they possess enough depth to stay on top minus Claude Giroux, the league's leading scorer, and Chris Pronger, the team's imposing captain and top defenseman? Giroux is out indefinitely with a concussion; Pronger is out for the season with the same injury.Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images