NHL Division Standings after Dec 31 in 1971-72 season

EASTERN DIVISION
  W-L-T Pts GF GA Home Away Div
NY Rangers 25-5-6 56 160 81 15-1-3 10-4-3 10-3-2
Boston 24-6-5 53 143 79 14-3-2 10-3-3 10-3-2
Montreal 21-6-7 49 126 80 13-0-3 8-6-4 10-3-2
Toronto 17-12-8 42 111 103 9-6-4 8-6-4 6-7-4
Detroit 14-17-6 34 110 118 10-5-1 4-12-5 6-7-3
Buffalo 8-22-9 25 106 152 6-9-3 2-13-6 2-9-5
Vancouver 9-22-4 22 80 123 7-10-2 2-12-2 1-13-4
WESTERN DIVISION
  W-L-T Pts GF GA Home Away Div
Chicago 25-8-3 53 116 64 15-1-2 10-7-1 16-2-0
Min N Stars 20-11-5 45 96 71 11-5-2 9-6-3 13-3-1
California 11-20-7 29 110 150 6-8-6 5-12-1 4-9-3
Pittsburgh 11-21-6 28 96 118 7-7-4 4-14-2 6-10-1
Philadelphia 11-18-5 27 76 105 9-7-3 2-11-2 6-5-2
St Louis 10-21-6 26 100 124 6-8-4 4-13-2 4-9-2
Los Angeles 9-26-1 19 76 138 5-12-0 4-14-1 3-14-1

Detroit 6, California 3
Pittsburgh 3, Buffalo 3 (reg tie)