The more I look at the Eastern Conference, I am convinced that the Bruins are not a lock up for the Cup. Great year but the top 6, Boston, Carolina, Toronto, New Jersey, Rangers and Tampa Bay, IMO, are all looking like teams that make the run. Keep in mind that of you are looking at just records, the Rangers have the best record in NHL for the past 2 months. - and they are the 5th team in the conference.
This year is reminding me of the old Patrick division of the early 80s when all four teams had 90+ points in '79 with three teams making the finals in two of these years including the Islanders famous run.
In any case, as incredible a year the Bruins are having, I'm not convinced it will be a run away and expecting some really great series come playoffs. I don't think the 2 wild card teams will have what it takes to get to the finals, but they more than capable of ending one the the top 6 hopes in an early round with a puck bouncing I their favor here and there.
I'm hoping the 6 remain healthy and enter the playoffs on all cylinders. If the Bruins do win the Cup, I would argue it was one of the toughest roads to both the President's trophy and the Cup.