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A hot streak has carried the Washington Capitals to the top spot in SI.com's NHL Power Rankings for the first time this season.

By Allan Muir
December 08, 2015

Washington makes its first appearance of the season atop our Power Rankings on the strength of a seven-game point streak (6-0-1) and a gutty win over the Montreal Canadiens last week. It wasn’t necessarily the Capitals’ best outing of the season, but thanks to a terrific 33-save performance from Braden Holtby, they hung around long enough to knock off the Eastern Conference leaders.

Even after dropping a 2–1 OT decision to the Jets on Sunday, the Caps boast a stellar 9-3-3 mark since Nov. 1 that speaks to their improved depth, their Barry Trotz-styled structure, and their consistency. Now if only they could win one of those danged coach’s challenges.

Biggest jump: Florida Panthers (22 to 9)

Biggest drop: Arizona Coyotes (11 to 29)

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