Tarik El-Bashir assesses the top teams in the National Hockey League this week (Jan. 27). Records are through Thursday’s games.
1 (3 last week): New York Rangers; 31-12-4Bounced back from last week's 4-1 setback to surging Pittsburgh with impressive wins over Boston and Winnipeg, and enter the all-star break with a two-point lead on the Eastern Conference. Henrik Lundqvist's shutout of the Jets was fifth of the season, 40th of his career and lowered Rangers goals against to 1.98 (second-best).Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images
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