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Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 12/02/2010

Dissecting a winning streak

There's little question that ever since their brief three-game losing skid, the Capitals have righted the ship for more even-keeled games. They head into Dallas on Thursday with the chance to tie the season's longest winning streak with the bounces -- and more -- going their way.

So numerically, what does this winning streak look like?

--110 saves on 115 shots: Semyon Varlamov is back and looks as good as new after putting the a groin injury behind him after it cut his preseason short then kept him out of the NHL for most of the first two months of the season. He's won each of the four games during the streak and makes big saves precisely when the Capitals need them.

--Eight different goal scorers: Nicklas Backstrom (x4), Alexander Semin (x3), Brooks Laich (x2) along with single tallies by John Carlson, John Erskine, Tom Poti, Marcus Johansson and Boyd Gordon. Both primary and secondary scorers have chipped in goals at opportune times.

--15 of 16 penalties killed: Against St. Louis the Capitals thwarted all four of the Blues' power plays, including one at the end of the game without two of the unit's key players. But despite Jeff Schultz being in the box for high sticking and Tom Poti unavailable and out for the third period, Washington's players while shorthanded didn't flinch.

--4 power-play goals: The only game during the winning streak in which the Capitals didn't score a goal with the man advantage came in the 3-2 shootout win over the Hurricanes on Nov. 28. Washington only had one power play in the contest, though.

The game story of Washington's 4-1 win over the Blues, which marked the Capitals' first victory in St. Louis in 14 years.

Forbes released their multi-faceted analysis of the NHL for 2010, "The Business of Hockey" on Wednesday, which includes a ranking of the league's most valuable teams and the 10 general managers the "best for the buck".

George McPhee came in seventh in the latter category, while the Capitals ranked 16th in team value.

The Capitals will be a good test for the Pacific Division leading Dallas Stars, and vice versa. (ESPN Dallas)

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