With a Tuesday-night visit to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Boston Bruins became the last team to reach the halfway mark of their 48-game schedule in this compressed NHL season.
It ought not to come as a surprise that the battle of the black and gold boasted many of the higher picks for the best performers so far in 2013. Many of them answer at least one of the questions that usually attain validity at or near the 24-game mark even in a full-length, 82-game season.
Among those questions: Who has been hot? Who has been consistent since opening night?
Who has thrived and clearly made their team thrive in the process? Who has excelled in spite of their team’s struggles?
Which rookies are breaking out and standing out in the freshman class? Which veterans are dishing up pleasant surprises with career output that also eclipses the majority of their peers?
From those excellent exceptions to not-so-thrilling team trends to specialists who are bolstering strong defensive fortresses to prolific point-getters on the scoresheet and in the standings, the NHL's top 25 players up to this point are as follows.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics used for this slideshow were found on nhl.com and are through games of Monday, March 11.