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The Caps are looking pretty solid heading into the postseason and could end up being a trendy pick for the Cup Final when the NHL's bracket challenge goes live. They've won eight of their last 11 and Alex Ovechkin is looking great.
The Capitals' 5-2 win over the Rangers Sunday showed the kind of game they need to play to be successful. They are physical, they can score and they can wear teams down. That's a bad matchup for a lot of Eastern teams in the postseason.
The Caps have been up and down the past few weeks, but they've also been dealing with some injury troubles as well. Brooks Orpik's absence was felt, but he's back healthy in time for the home stretch.
Washington is another Eastern Conference team that is really struggling to stay consistent as we reach the late stage of the season. They look to be on the upswing after back-to-back wins and some strong play from goaltender Braden Holtby.
Disappointing stretches don't tend to last long for this Caps team. They followed up a three-game losing streak with three wins in four games. It looks less likely they'll escape the wild card at this point, but they very well could be a postseason force.
Curtis Glencross should help the forward depth quite a bit, but the addition of Tim Gleason seems redundant and not overly helpful. The Caps are a bit better than they were before the deadline, at least.
The Capitals have been surging a bit over the last few weeks. With four consecutive wins over teams in playoff position last week, Washington still could challenge for the top spot in the Metropolitan.
The Caps have won 5 of 7 and could insert themselves into an increasingly interesting Metropolitan Division race. They sit in the wild-card spot currently, but are only three points behind the Rangers and Penguins.
Seven losses in their last 11 games certainly causes some concern for Barry Trotz's bunch. They have to get right before they head into a challenging road trip that includes the three California teams and rival Penguins at the end of it.
The Caps are slumping with one win in their last seven games and were knocked down to a wild card position after being surpassed by the Rangers. Teams are going to go cold throughout the year. It happens, but the Caps will have to get out of this rut sooner rather than later.
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Barry Trotz is off to a good start in his new job. Part of that stems from steady performances from Braden Holtby ... and Alex Ovechkin being the everyday threat that he is.
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