Midseason report: Team-by-team grades

Updated: January 21, 2009, 5:08 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

As we hit the All-Star break Thursday, here's a breakdown of where teams stand:

Eastern Conference Boston Bruins: A-plus The Bs held an eight-point edge over Washington with two games in hand heading into Wednesday's action and, barring collapse, will enter the playoffs with the No. 1 seed in the conference. Who woulda thunk it? Great goaltending, the top defense in the NHL (allowing just 2.13 goals per game) and a deep, potent offense that is tied for second in the league. No wonder ...

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