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NHL.com Weekly Rankings

1 Boston (21-9-1) The Bruins are on pace for a plus-124 goal differential. That would be the best number since the 1995-96 Red Wings were plus-144. Of course, that didn’t translate into a Stanley Cup for the Wings.

2 Chicago (21-8-4) The 2.88 goals per game they’re allowing are the most since they gave up 3.06 per game in 2006-07. Ray Emery, however, is 6-0-1 in December and has allowed just 12 goals in those seven games.

3 Philadelphia (20-8-3) Without Chris Pronger this season, the Flyers are 12-5-1. To compete with elite teams, however, they’ll need to find a way to replace him. Exhibit A is Saturday’s dismantling by Boston.

4 Detroit (20-10-1) The Red Wings have won 13 of their 20 games by three goals or more. There might not be a better team in the League when they’re “on,” as they say. It’s just a matter of being “on” all the time.

5 St. Louis (19-9-4) Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville is a blueprint for what could bring the Blues down. As great as they’ve been defensively, their inability to score goals may end up being their downfall.

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yzer19man's avatar

Three central division teams in the top 5…Can’t remember the last time that’s happened. pretty amazing

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 12/19/11 at 06:29 PM ET

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Boy oh boy, that re-jiggered “Central Division” is going to be murder. If you seeded the playoffs today according to the NHL’s new realignment plan, it’d be Chicago, Minnesota, St. Louis and Detroit getting in, while Nashville (38 points, 7th in the West) and Dallas (37 points, 8th in the West) would be left out in the cold.

Posted by JG on 12/19/11 at 07:10 PM ET

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