Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Same Two Teams On Top

By Gail Kauchak
Dec 12, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Boston Bruins as defenseman Shea Weber (6) defends and right wing David Backes (42) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 12, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Boston Bruins as defenseman Shea Weber (6) defends and right wing David Backes (42) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 11, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) on the ice against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) on the ice against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 7:  Washington Capitals

Previous:  7th

Season Record:  17-7-3

The Caps are looking good right now, and riding a four-game win streak.  They are incredibly strong on both the power play and the penalty kill, which makes them a dangerous team.  And don’t forget they have one of the best offensive players in the league in Alex Ovechkin.

In their 3-0 blanking of the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, Ovechkin scored his 200th power play goal, which also turned out to be his fifth game-winning goal of the season.

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