Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Eastern Conference Still Crowds Top 10

By George Clifford
Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal to tie the game against the New Jersey Devils with fourteen seconds remaining in the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Pens won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal to tie the game against the New Jersey Devils with fourteen seconds remaining in the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Pens won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 26, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8) takes a slapshot against Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Leafs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8) takes a slapshot against Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Leafs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 4: Washington Capitals

Previous: 6th

Season record: 13-6-2 (28 points)

Coming off a tough 4-2 loss at Toronto on Saturday night, the Washington Capitals still own third place in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division. Alex Ovechkin’s 12 goals ranks third in the NHL, while playmaking center Nicklas Backstrom leads the team with 20 points.

Goalie Braden Holtby has 10 wins and ranks in the top 10 in the Eastern Conference in both save percentage and goals-against average.

The Capitals are strong throughout the lineup and built to make a deep run in the playoffs.

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