Tarik El-Bashir assesses the top teams in the National Hockey League this week (records through Nov. 3).
1 (1 last week): Washington Capitals (8-2-0) The Capitals retain the top spot after rebounding from back-to-back losses in Edmonton and Vancouver with a come-from-behind victory over Anaheim. Coach Bruce Boudreau benched Alex Ovechkin for a shift late against the Ducks. A new era of accountability in the District? The league is watching. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post Buy Photo