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Capitals Power Rankings Roundup: Week 13

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Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals

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- 1 (Last updated December 21)
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1 1 The Caps pushed their current winning streak to eight games and are 15-1-1 over their last 17. That's allowed them to jump 11 points ahead of the next closest Eastern Conference team. Braden Holtby is 8-0-1 in December with a .949 save percentage. (December 29)
1 1 In the last two games, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie were all held without a point. Yet, the Caps won both games. It's getting really hard to find ways to beat this team. (December 28)
1 1 The Capitals continue to dominate while on a seven-game winning streak. They have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 16 games. Braden Holtby is leading the league with 22 wins and a 1.92 GAA. He's 14-0-1 in his last 16 games. The Capitals' 54 points leads the East. (December 28)
1 1 It’s gotten to the point where this Capitals team is absolutely ridiculous. Braden Holtby hasn’t lost a game in regulation since Nov. 10. Six different guys have at least 10 goals. Eight different players have at least 20 points. The Caps are 10 points ahead of the second-place team, the New York Rangers, in the Metropolitan Division, despite playing two less games. Good luck to the rest of the NHL. (December 28)
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1 2 An eight-game win streak, the longest active run in the league, has propelled the Capitals to No. 1 in the power rankings. This team is playing like a runaway locomotive that cannot be stopped. (December 30)
1 1 Good: They were a League-best 19-0-0 when leading after the second period entering their game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Not so good: Nothing. (January 1)
1 2 To win a Stanley Cup is every team's New Year's resolution, but it takes on a bit more significance with this Capitals team. It seems like a good bet to go where no Washington team has gone before. (December 30)
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1 1 Make it eight straight wins for the Caps, who knocked off the Canadiens and Sabres to tighten their grip on first place in the Eastern Conference. It’s an impressive run considering their overall play hasn’t lived up to the results. They’ve spent too much time chasing the puck lately, but have gotten by on the strength of some excellent work by goaltender Braden Holtby and their second-ranked power play. That’s the mark of a great team, though—they find a way even when they’re not at their best. Last week: 2-0-0 (December 29)
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Key Injuries: D Brooks Orpik (lower body). (Last updated December 24)
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- 1 Braden Holtby recently went through an eight-game stretch in which he didn't allow more than two goals a game. (Last updated December 21)

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