NHL Power Rankings: Capitals Are On Fire

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Dec 27, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris celebrates an empty net goal scored by right wing Mark Stone (61) in the third period against the Boston Bruins at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Bruins 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators. 10. team. 91. The Senators need to give <strong><a href=. (18-12-6). Previous: 11th

Tampa Bay Lightning. 9. team. 23. The Lightning have made themselves relevant again in the Atlantic. They are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. The Triplets Line is on a roll and might make <strong><a href=. (18-15-4). Previous: 14th

team. 72. The Red Wings got <strong><a href=. (18-11-7). Previous: 9th. Detroit Red Wings. 8

team. 94. The Blackhawks are in a scoring drought. They have scored one goal in their last six periods. Their lone goal came in the waning second against the Carolina Hurricanes.. (20-13-4). Previous: 4th. Chicago Blackhawks. 7

6. team. 106. The Islanders are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. John Tavares blames their poor play on not managing the puck and takes the blame himself.. (19-12-5). Previous: 7th. New York Islanders

67. The Kings are going to pay <strong><a href=. (22-11-2). Previous: 6th. Los Angeles Kings. 5. team

(22-12-4). Previous: 5th. St. Louis Blues. 4. team. 99. The Blues could be getting <strong><a href=

3. team. 119. The Stars thrashed the Blackhawks 4-0 before the winter break. The Stars appear to the be real deal and could come out of the West.. (27-7-3). Previous: 2nd. Dallas Stars

(20-12-4). Previous: 10th. Panthers. 2. team. 97. The Panthers have won six in a row briefly sat atop of the Atlantic Division. The Panthers got hot as the Bruins and Habs were falling. Florida is a combination of veterans and youth, led by <strong><a href=

1. team. 19. The Capitals have a balanced offense and an almost elite goal keeper. <strong><a href=. (27-6-2). Previous: 1st. Washington Capitals

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