Capital Ups and Downs: Week 2

Our weekly look at individual Washington Capitals' ups and downs:

Goalies Trend Notes
Jose Theodore - After three games, a .902 save percentage and 2.90 GAA is probably about what we'd have expected, and he's looked good at times, but those two third-period softies in the Rangers game sting.
Semyon Varlamov Off to a tough start, with questions about both his glove and head.
Defensemen
John Erskine Wore the hard hat after game one and was terrible in Philly. If it wasn't for his willingness to drop the gloves, he wouldn't be here.
Mike Green Having trouble getting shots on net and taking too many penalties.
Milan Jurcina Did you know that Juice is tied for the team lead in plus-minus? More importantly, do the League's other 29 general managers?
Shaone Morrisonn Blocking shots, hitting, not committing penalties and playing with a bit of snarl... so far, so good.
Brian Pothier - Nice to have another guy back there who can make an outlet pass or skate the puck.
Tom Poti Bad in Philly and not much better elsewhere so far. Also, only two shots on goal through five games.
Jeff Schultz - Having trouble getting games and minutes. Has he lost the coach's confidence or is he sitting while trade bait gets showcased?
Tyler Sloan - Defenseman? Forward? Waiver fodder?
Forwards
Nicklas Backstrom Could Backstrom become just the fourth player in history to hit the 100-assist mark in a season?
Matt Bradley Three points and a plus-three rating through five games is all you can ask of the grinder.
Chris Clark - Skating well, but with just one point (a helper) and six shots on goal in five games, he's not showing up on the score sheet enough.
Eric Fehr - It's now or never, Fehrsie.
Tomas Fleischmann - It's a couple of weeks from now or never, Flash.
Boyd Gordon Winning 60% of his draws, but three penalties and a minus-two rating aren't what you'd like to see from your fourth-line center.
Boyd Kane D.C. was only big enough for one Boyd, apparently. Plus, Kane stunk.
Mike Knuble - Just one goal (and no assists) through five games, but he's been better than that would indicate.
Brooks Laich Skating on the top PP unit with Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green and Semin. Jackpot!
Quintin Laing If Laing has no points, a minus-two rating, and the team's penalty killing percentage is well under 80% effective, is he doing his job?
Brendan Morrison Three goals (on just six shots on goal) and a 57.4% mark in the faceoff circle make the early returns on this signing look fantastic.
Michael Nylander - Sigh.
Alex Ovechkin White-hot out of the gate, needs to establish a consistent commitment to all aspects of the game... but then again, so does everyone on the team.
Alexander Semin - Called out by his coach after two bad penalties in the Detroit game, he's mixing jaw-dropping skill with maddening decision-making. Ladies and gentlemen, Alex Semin.
David Steckel The good? 63.1% in the dot. The bad? Team-worst minus-4 rating and no points. Maybe he's not a third-line center after all.
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