Capital Ups and Downs: Week 11

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

Goalies Trend Notes
Michal Neuvirth http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Didn't get much help Saturday night... and needed an awful lot the way he played. Now an ugly 0-2-0/4.56/.845 on the (NHL) season.
Jose Theodore http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png He'll need to be better than 1-1-0/2.97/.872 in Varly's absences, whenever they are.
Semyon Varlamov http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217725/cross.png Followed up a 26-save shutout - his second whitewashing in four starts - with a trip to the IR. On the plus side, the Caps have the luxury of being extra cautious with him... for now.
Defensemen
John Erskine http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png The wear and tear is wearing and tearing Erskine down to the point where he seems nearly worn and torn out.
Mike Green http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png The return of "Game Over" Green Friday night couldn't save a week full of turnovers and blown assignments... with Team Canada no doubt watching.
Milan Jurcina http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png After a minus-eight stretch in his previous six games, an even week (with a scratch thrown in) may qualify as a "good week," but the Caps need more out of Juice.
Shaone Morrisonn http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Returned from injury with a zero-point, one shot on goal, minus-one week in which he averaged under 18 minutes of ice time. Sounds about right.
Brian Pothier http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217725/cross.png On injured reserve with a rib injury. It's a shame, as he was coming off a three-goal, four-assist, plus-11 November.
Tom Poti http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Minus-three for the week (and that includes a plus-one in Tampa), and on the ice for six of the 12 goals the team allowed for the week.
Jeff Schultz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png A plus-two week has him fourth in the League in plus/minus, and three four-block games speak further to the blueliner he's becoming.
Swingman
Tyler Sloan http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Scratched twice, Sloan's NHL time is running out with Laing's pending return and perhaps a recall of Karl Alzner for the blueline.
Forwards
Keith Aucoin http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png His most recent recall was short and relatively unproductive, which, fittingly, makes it the Keith Aucoin of recalls.
Nicklas Backstrom http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Two goals, two assists, plus-four and an epic OT shift against Carolina, the "wow" moments are coming with greater frequency with each passing week.
Matt Bradley http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png A happy and healthy new baby gets an up arrow, especially when supplemented with a great interview.
Chris Clark http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png If the captain isn't contributing on the scoreboard, he's gotta be doing other things... like not letting his team put up three poor efforts in a row (including a pair against the League's two worst teams).
Eric Fehr http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png A goal in Tampa followed by three point-less games, Fehr will look to go from scorching hot to cold to just plain consistent.
Tomas Fleischmann http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Another Cap forward looking for consistency, Flash posted a goal and three helpers this week and now has seven points in his last six games (after picking up just one in his previous six).
Alexandre Giroux http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png If it wasn't for Nylander's departure, Giroux being returned to Chocolatetown would qualify as great news. As it is, it's merely very good news.
Boyd Gordon http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217725/cross.png In the past two months, Gordo has played 5:55 of hockey. Sigh.
Mike Knuble http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Off to a slow start since returning from the IR with a minus-three rating in two games. No doubt it takes some time to get back to game speed, but a finger injury shouldn't inhibit one's ability to crash the net.
Brooks Laich http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Like his new-found mentor Knuble, Laich had no points and was minus-three for the week... but he played all four games.
Quintin Laing http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217725/cross.png Q's getting closer to returning, but when he comes back, who sits?
Brendan Morrison http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png No points, three shots on goal and a celebration on a puck he shot wide... ouch.
Michael Nylander http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/227146/Gift.bmp Hasta la vista, baby.
Alex Ovechkin http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Returned from suspension with three multi-point games (seven points overall) and 23 shots on goal in four games.
Mathieu Perreault http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Food poisoning sidelined him in Buffalo and one point in his last ten games might sideline him a little more frequently going forward. Update: Perreault has been returned to Hershey.
Alexander Semin http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Two goals, three assists, plus-four and 20 shots on goal in three games, a "passenger" in the fourth. That's our Sasha!
David Steckel http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Followed up his first goal of the season with no points, a minus-two rating, two shots on goal and diminishing ice time (less than ten minutes per game for the week) in four games. The face offs are still there, though (67.4% for the week).
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