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Washington Capitals

Venue: Verizon Center | Coach: Barry Trotz
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The Caps are starting to cool a bit from their hot stretch that carried over from December. Back-to-back losses won't cause too much of a stir with how well the team has played overall.
The Caps have the Rangers nipping at their heels in the standings, but that could be pretty good motivation. This club has been pretty strong since early December with 13 wins in their last 18 games, including five Ws in their last six.
This seems to be the first stretch of the season where the Caps are sound in all facets of the game. The scoring is there, the defense is holding up and Braden Holtby is living up to the "Holtbeast" nickname.
The Caps head into the Winter Classic on a high note. They're 6-1-3 over their past 10, clinging to the last guaranteed playoff spot in the Metro. Nicklas Backstrom has been incredible with 38 points.
The Caps are really starting to pick up steam, and the offense is picking right up with it. Alex Ovechkin is heating up, too, which could be bad news for everyone else in the Metropolitan Division.
The Caps have been more like a two steps forward, one step back team this season. They've still been good enough at this point to hold onto playoff position within a weak Metro.
The Caps will have to try to use back-to-back wins over similar opponents this week as some sort of springboard. It will help to have defenseman Mike Green back.
The Caps have had a hard time looking like anything more than a middle-of-the-pack team this season. Goaltending in particular has been a sore spot for the team.
The Caps are middle of the pack when it comes to goal scoring, but rank 24th in the league in team save percentage at .903. That comes despite the Caps allowing an average of just 26.7 shots against per game.
Washington may be better than its record. Even as the results look uneven, the team seems to be headed in the right direction under Barry Trotz. It's just taking a while for it all to come together.
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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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