The Bruins are still rolling as the NHL's holiday break approaches. They enter Friday night's tilt with the Southeast division-leading Panthers riding a five-game win streak and sitting in first in the Eastern Conference.
So are the B's the NHL's best team right now?
It's hard to argue that they're not after watching them dominate the entire month of November and now roll through December. They're 19-2-1 since Nov. 1.
NESN.com Bruins beat reporter Doug Flynn joined Ricky Doyle on this week's NESN podcast to discuss where the B's rank on the NHL's totem pole and which teams could put a damper on Boston's quest to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
Also discussed was the chances of the Bruins trading Tuukka Rask, why Claude Julien is unlikely to receive consideration for the Jack Adams Award, what kind of job Brendan Shanahan has done as the league's disciplinarian, and whether it's really necessary for the Canadiens to seek a French-speaking coach like the Canadian government wishes.
Listen to the hockey-themed podcast below, or download it in the player.