5 Factors That Will Make or Break Washington Capitals' Postseason Hopes

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5 Factors That Will Make or Break Washington Capitals' Postseason Hopes
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Five games left in the 2013 NHL season, and the Washington Capitals are playing excellent hockey at exactly the right time.

The Caps are now 13-2-1 in their last 16 games. They have ridden an eight-game win streak to the top of the Southeast Division and are now third in the Eastern Conference standings with 50 points.

But what must the Capitals do to further ensure their trip to the postseason? And what would have to go wrong for the team's hopes to be dashed?

Here are five factors that will make or break the Washington Capitals' postseason hopes.

Note: All statistics courtesy of NHL.com unless noted otherwise.

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