NHL Division Standings after Dec 16 in 1971-72 season

EASTERN DIVISION
  W-L-T Pts GF GA Home Away Div
NY Rangers 20-5-5 45 138 73 12-1-2 8-4-3 9-3-2
Boston 20-6-2 42 118 65 12-3-1 8-3-1 9-3-1
Montreal 18-4-6 42 107 62 11-0-3 7-4-3 8-2-2
Toronto 13-9-8 34 84 84 7-5-4 6-4-4 4-5-4
Detroit 10-15-5 25 81 99 7-5-1 3-10-4 4-6-3
Vancouver 8-18-4 20 70 104 6-9-2 2-9-2 1-10-4
Buffalo 6-20-6 18 80 122 4-8-2 2-12-4 1-7-4
WESTERN DIVISION
  W-L-T Pts GF GA Home Away Div
Chicago 21-7-3 45 99 54 13-0-2 8-7-1 12-2-0
Min N Stars 19-8-3 41 87 55 10-3-1 9-5-2 12-2-1
Philadelphia 10-15-5 25 68 90 8-6-3 2-9-2 5-5-2
California 10-16-5 25 93 124 6-7-4 4-9-1 3-8-3
Pittsburgh 10-17-4 24 79 93 6-5-3 4-12-1 6-9-1
St Louis 9-17-5 23 84 102 6-6-3 3-11-2 4-7-2
Los Angeles 6-23-1 13 61 122 3-11-0 3-12-1 2-11-1

Boston 8, NY Rangers 1
Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 0