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Knuble in handicapping the race also pointed out that it’s not just about moving up but trying not to get passed.

“The thing is you keep hovering around and waiting, you’re inviting 11 and 10 to come up and get you, too,” he said. “Winnipeg’s in the mix now. I don’t even know, the Islanders are even coming up there.”

One problem: The Caps are in 10th and looking up, thanks to the Jets’ recent surge. But Knuble isn’t losing hope.

“I still feel like we’re the group that can do it,” he said. “And we have the guys that can do it. It’s just not going right there.”