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December has already been a crazy month in the NHL, and this part of the schedule has produced some intriguing match-ups and results. So much so that the Eastern Conference has flexed itself atop of the Pickswise Power Rankings. Plenty of hockey to be played, but the Capitals and Bruins have staked their claims as the best in the NHL. Here is a look at the top 5 NHL teams and their success in our NHL money line picks. 

1. Washington Capitals (24-5-5)

Defenseman John Carlson has been a key figure for the Capitals, and if he continues to perform at his current level then he could be in for a 100-point season. Washington is benefiting from it all…

2. Boston Bruins (21-7-6)

The Bruins have bounced-back from a five-game losing streak, luckily their next four are all at home. David Pasternak is on pace for 67 goals.

3. New York Islanders (22-7-2)

Derick Brassard has had a strong start with 17 points in 29 games this season. He could be in for his best season since 2015-16.

4. St. Louis Blues (20-8-6)

David Perron looks to be on his way to a career season, as he has registered 30 points in 32 games this season. Yet a few inconsistencies could impact him down the road.

5. Colorado Avalanche ( 21-8-3)

Andre Burakovksy was a strong contributing player in his five seasons in Washington. With the Avalanche he has exploded this season with 23 points in his first 28 games. His career-high coming in was 38 points in 77 games.