Ranking the 5 Hottest NHL Teams Ahead of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Ranking the 5 Hottest NHL Teams Ahead of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have been on fire as of late with a record of 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and that bodes well for the team heading into the NHL's 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Although teams have already qualified for the playoffs, finishing the year strong is very important because momentum is crucial during the playoffs. The following teams have played well over the last few weeks, and the momentum gained by these teams should carry over to the postseason.

With the playoffs only a week away, here are the five hottest teams heading into the NHL's 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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