NHL Power Rankings: The Caps are singing the bye week blues

J.J. Regan
NBC Sports Washington
<p>The Caps have lost three straight games since returning from the bye week. Just how far down do they fall in this week's Power Rankings as a result?</p>

NHL Power Rankings: The Caps are singing the bye week blues

The Caps have lost three straight games since returning from the bye week. Just how far down do they fall in this week's Power Rankings as a result?

A Capitals team that struggles after lengthy breaks is now indeed struggling after its return from the bye week. Since returning on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils, the Caps have lost three straight games including two at home with only two points to show for their efforts.

Heading into the bye, Washington looked like one of the top teams in the NHL with 14 wins in 19 games. Now, they have taken a step back and are working at returning to the level they were playing just a week ago.

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Oh, and to make matters worse, the Caps do not play again until Thursday and then are off for the All-Star break.

It's Jan. 22 and Washington has only two more games this month. Even if they do figure things out on Thursday against the Florida Panthers, they will have to figure it out all over again when they return from the All-Star break on Jan. 31 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

So where do the Caps rank after their recent slide and how far could they fall if they do not right the ship? Find out here in this week's NHL Power Rankings!

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