Tarik El-Bashir assesses the top teams in the National Hockey League through March 1.
1. New York Rangers, 41-15-6. Last week: 3 They've won three in a row, seven of the past eight and are just two points out of first place, despite having played three fewer games than league-leading Vancouver. Captain Ryan Callahan (bruised foot) missed his first game of the season Thursday in Raleigh, N.C., and could be out longer. Karl B DeBlaker/AP Buy Photo