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Capitals Power Rankings Roundup: Week 18

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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 January 25)
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1 1 Coming out of the all-star break, there are few teams in the league that look better positioned for a deep playoff run than the Caps. Recent playoff history does not favor them, but none of those previous Caps teams was built as solidly as this one. (February 2)
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1 1 The Caps looked rusty in a loss to Philadelphia after they were snowed in by Winter storm Jonas. They will have plenty of time to shake the rust off with 35 gamse in the last ten weeks of the season. (February 1)
2 1 The Capitals looked out of sync last week in a loss to Philadelphia in their first game after a few snow postponements. Let's see if they're still rusty Tuesday at home against the high-flying Panthers. They'll be playing that game sans Alex Ovechkin. (February 1)
1 1 The Washington Capitals got off to one of the best first-halves of the season we have ever seen in the NHL. The key to the second half of their season will be to stay healthy and maybe look to bolster their defense, especially since Brooks Orpik’s status is up in the air. (February 1)
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- 2 (Last updated January 28)
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1 1 The Capitals have lost back-to-back games, but they still own the league’s best record and goal differential. (February 3)
1 1 Hit: All-Star center Evgeny Kuznetsov has assists in four straight games and 14 points, including 12 assists, in his past seven.

Miss: Their power play was 0-for-8 without Ovechkin in the loss to the Panthers. Fortunately, Ovechkin should be back Thursday against the New York Islanders. (February 4)
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1 1 With a record of 18-4-3 in their last 25 games, the Capitals remain the odds-on favorites to win their first Stanley Cup. (February 3)
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2 1 Should Caps fans be worried about the team’s middling possession numbers catching up with it? Not in the least. The way Washington grabs a lead and holds on—a league-best +9 goal differential in the first period and +22 in the second—forces opponents to fire away in an effort to catch up. The fanciest stat this team concerns itself with is the final score. Last week: 0-0-1 (February 2)
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- 3 (Last updated January 26)
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- 1 (Last updated January 28)
- 1 (Last updated January 25)
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- 1 (Last updated January 18)

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