NHL Power Rankings: Can’t Stop The Washington Capitals

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Dec 20, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) and goalie Roberto Luongo (1) celebrate their 4-3 win in a shootout against the Vancouver Canucks at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers. 10. team. 97. The Panthers have won 10 of their last 13, including four in a row. <strong><a href=. 18-12-4. Previous: 16th

team. 72. The Red Wings have stumbled recently, losing three of four. They are, however, 5-1-4 in their last 10 games. Jonathan Ericsson might be out for a few more games.. 17-9-7. Previous: 6th. Detroit Red Wings. 9

8. team. 98. The Wild have lost two in a row but are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. They just locked up Jared Spurgeon to a five-year deal worth $20.75 million.. 17-9-6. Previous: 8th. Minnesota Wild

Previous: 5th. New York Islanders. 7. team. 106. The Islanders dropped three in a row before righting the ship against the lowly Ducks. The Isles got goals from everyone including <strong><a href=. 19-11-5

Previous: 2nd. Los Angeles Kings. 6. team. 67. The Kings have reasserted themselves as one of the teams to beat in the NHL..

team. 99. The Blues are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and have fallen to third in the ultra-tough Central Division.. 20-11-4. Previous: 7th. St. Louis Blues. 5

team. 94. The Blackhawks saw Patrick Kane’s points streak end, and <strong><a href=. 20-11-4. Previous: 9th. Chicago Blackhawks. 4

team. 119. The Stars have won two in a row, including a 6-3 beatdown of the Wild on Monday. The Stars will take on the defending Stanley Cup champions toight. It is <strong><a href=. 25-7-2. Previous: 4th. Dallas Stars. 2

team. 19. These are your father’s Washington Capitals. The team is more balanced than in years past. <strong><a href=. 25-6-2. Previous: 1st. Washington Capitals. 1

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