The Boston Bruins have sputtered to a plateau after seizing first place in the league early in the 2011-2012 season.
With the 2011 Stanley Cup in the books, it was impressive to see the B's bounce back and lead the league for the better part of December. Bruins fans know: When this group is firing on all cylinders, it's playing an extremely high level of hockey that few teams can keep up with.
As the 2011-2012 NHL regular season inches toward the playoffs, one team that can certainly keep up with the black and gold is the New York Rangers. From obscurity, the Blueshirts have slowly climbed into the spotlight on the leadership of Ryan Callahan and netminder Henrik Lundqvist.
Both clubs have held first place in the league for extended periods of time, and as the NHL's most prestigious franchises battle for position in the conference standings, these two face off in electric games highlighted by the fierce Boston-New York sports rivalry.
The Rangers won the last meeting between the hockey titans, but do they have the long-term advantage to send them on a deep Stanley Cup run?
Here's a full breakdown of which team has the advantage at each position.