With less than a week to go in the 2011-12 NHL regular season, the playoff picture is starting to clear up and four teams are in perfect position entering the playoffs.
While both conferences may have multiple contenders, each has two teams that rise above the rest of the competition.
In the Eastern Conference, the top-seeded New York Rangers and the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins are destined to meet in the conference finals.
If Sunday was any indication of what an NHL version of the New York-Boston rivalry could become, then NHL fans are in for a treat.
Out west, the Vancouver Canucks have managed to rebound from last year’s loss to the Bruins to reclaim their spot on top of the Western Conference. Joining them as the other favorite in the west are the steady Detroit Red Wings.
Two teams loaded with European talent, lead by North American goaltending will be left to fight for a chance at the cup.