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NHL Power Rankings: Capitals Lead All-Star Edition

By Sean Fitzgerald
Jan 30, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot celebrates after a goal during the NHL Mascot Challenge before the 2016 NHL All Star Game Skills Competition at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 30, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot celebrates after a goal during the NHL Mascot Challenge before the 2016 NHL All Star Game Skills Competition at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) controls the puck while defended by Boston Bruins left wing Matt Beleskey (39) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports /

103. The Avalanche have clawed their way back into the playoff hunt. Now do they stand pat at the trade deadline or make a deal? Rumor has it they are interested in a depth winger. All-Star: <strong><a href=. . Previous: 11th. Colorado Avalanche. 10. team

Previous: 10th. Detroit Red Wings. 9. team. 72. The Red Wings do not have a lot of cap space, so they will not be active in the trade market. All-Star: <strong><a href=.

team. 23. The Lightning low-balled <strong><a href=. . Previous: 7th. Tampa Bay Lightning. 8

. Previous: 8th. New York Rangers. 7. team. 95. The Rangers need to decide what to do with <strong><a href=

Previous: 5th. Los Angeles Kings. 6. team. 67. Vinny Lecavalier has been a great addition to the Kings. This was a savvy move by Dean Lombardi. With the deadline approaching, the Kings might be looking to add a defenseman. All-Stars: Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick.

. Previous: 6th. Florida Panthers. 5. team. 97. Panthers GM Dale Tallon loves former Blackhawks players. The Panthers could be in on both Ladd and Byfuglien. They have won three in a row and still lead the Atlantic. All-Stars: Aaron Ekblad, <strong><a href=

Previous: 3rd. St. Louis Blues. 4. team. 99. The Blues appear to be dangling Kevin Shattenkirk for another offensive weapon. The Blues have struggled as of late. All-Star: Vladimir Tarasenko..

Previous: 4th. Dallas Stars. 3. team. 119. The Stars are hanging on to the second spot in the Central Division. They are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. The Stars need to add a long-term defensive option. All-Stars: <strong><a href=.

Previous: 2nd. Chicago Blackhawks. 2. team. 94. The Blackhawks were in desperate need of the All-Star break. They looked out of gas against the Hurricanes right before the break. Look for Stan Bowman to use up all their salary cap space before the trade deadline. All-Stars: <strong><a href=.

19. . . Previous: 1st. Washington Capitals. 1. team

The Capitals are the best team in the NHL and should not make any moves at the trade deadline unless they make a minor deal to add depth. All-Stars:

Braden Holtby

,

Alex Ovechkin

and

Evgeny Kuznetsov

(Kuznetsov replaced Ovechkin, who pulled out due to injury)

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