The Panthers have won their last six games, leapfrogging Montreal, Boston and Detroit in a span of a week to the top of the Atlantic Division.
The Bruins have earned at least a point in 14 of their last 15 games, and are now one point behind Montreal for the Atlantic Division lead with two games in hand.
Jonathan Toews led the Blackhawks to a 4-3 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
When the Blackhawks skated out for pregame warm-ups on Sunday against San Jose, an important player on the top line was missing: Marian Hossa, who has arguably played his best hockey of the season
The Christmas break nears, but the Blackhawks still have some work to do before they kick back for a few days. They took care of some of that work on Sunday night.