In the end, it’s a toss-up between the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings for the top spot, but the Bruins may have the best chance of taking home a Stanley Cup after beating the Kings 6-2 on Saturday night.
Here’s a look at the standings heading into Game 6:1.
Boston Bruins (26-12-5) The Bruins are currently riding a seven-game winning streak that has them on pace to win the Atlantic Division for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
The team’s four wins in a row were all by a single goal, which ties for the most in the NHL.
Boston is averaging 4.14 goals per game and has scored two or more goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Bruins are playing the toughest schedule of any team in the league with two of their remaining eight games on the road.2.
Los Angeles Stars (24-13-6)The Stars have been outscored by an average of 1.9 goals per contest this season, which ranks fourth-best in the entire NHL.
They are averaging 2.27 goals per match.
The Stars are averaging 1.85 goals per outing and have scored two goals or more in seven of their nine games this season.
Their road schedule has also been tougher than Boston’s.
Their first five games were at the Staples Center, where they have outscaled the Bruins by an 11-4 margin.
They’ve also won six of their past eight at home, including the final three.3.
New York Rangers (24.2-11-5, 43 points)The Rangers have won three of their four road games, but they are still one game out of the top four with three games remaining.
The Rangers are currently in third place in the East, but that’s not where their season ends.
They have the second-most points in the division, trailing only the Boston Celtics.
The Rangers have only dropped two of the past seven, but have lost three straight at home.
They also have the third-most goals allowed (15.3 per game) in the Eastern Conference.4.
Chicago Blackhawks (21-11, 25 points)Chicago is the team to beat in the Metropolitan Division.
They’re averaging 3.29 goals per encounter, which is third-best on the Blackhawks.
They rank third in the League in goals allowed per game at 1.98, while they’ve allowed a league-low 10.8 goals per night.
They haven’t scored in a game since Nov. 18 and haven’t played more than six games in a single night since Nov 1.5.
Detroit Red Wings (20-12, 24 points)Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar have been key pieces to Detroit’s recent success.
The duo has scored at least one goal in five straight games and is third on the team in assists (19).
They’ve combined for 23 points and 19 shots on goal.
The Red Wings have won five of their six games.6.
Philadelphia Flyers (21.6-13, 25.6 points)If you’re going to pick the Eastern Division champion, it seems odd that the Flyers are tied with New York in the standings.
However, the Flyers have been dominant and are on pace for their best start since 2010-11.
They lead the League by seven points with 14 games remaining, and have the most wins in the top eight.
They had six of seven games against division opponents.7.
Montreal Canadiens (18-13.5-4, 33 points)When the Montreal Canadiens play a rival, it tends to happen.
The Habs have won four straight against the Bruins and have not lost at home since Jan. 6.
They trail the Bruins, who are just one point behind them in the Atlantic.8.
New Jersey Devils (19-11)The Devils have lost six straight and seven of eight overall, and they’re still just two points out of first place in their division.
New Habs coach Jacques Martin has his team playing with purpose.
They took on a three-game losing streak, including two games at the Bell Centre, but won the first two games.
They were 3-0-0 on Saturday, winning by an 8-3 margin.9.
Detroit Blue Jackets (17-13)The Blue Jackets have scored at or near a goal per game in each of their first four games, and are averaging 3-1-0 in their past three.
They will need to play their best to overtake the Bruins for the third seed in the Northeast Division.10.
Washington Capitals (18.3-13.)
The Capitals are tied for first in the Central Division, but it’s been a tough stretch for the Capitals.
They lost five of six, including three straight.
They currently sit in fourth place with a goal differential of plus-10.