The National Hockey League has reached its mid-point of the regular season, and it has told us a lot about who really are the real contenders this year.
Teams like the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Vancouver Canucks are teams at the top of their conference for a reason. All of these teams are blessed with a good offense, solid defense and above average goaltending.
Other contenders in the league aren’t as lucky.
There still is the final stretch of the season that needs to be played though, and those other teams still have a chance to change their fortunes.
Here are the top Stanley Cup and playoff contenders to keep an eye on during the rest of the regular season.