Capital Ups and Downs: Week 16

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

Goalies Trend Notes
Michal Neuvirth http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Two starts, zero finishes, a 9.64 GAA and a .733 save percentage are flat-out ugly stats for the kid
Jose Theodore http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png 3-1-0/2.15/.929 in two starts and two relief appearances; in other words, steady when the Caps have needed him to be.
Semyon Varlamov http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217725/cross.png Eighteen games and counting... buh-bye, Calder.
Defensemen
John Carlson http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Plus-four in two games since being recalled is impressive, even if one of those pluses was a cheapie.
John Erskine http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217725/cross.png Missed all four games in a week in which the Caps had five fighting majors, more than one-third of their season total.
Mike Green http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png On the ice for 12 of the 15 goals the Caps allowed for the week and 11 of the 19 goals they scored, racking up two goals and five assists along the way, Green now has points in eight consecutive games and in twelve of his last thirteen. I'd buy an up arrow, I'd buy a down arrow... so he gets a "no change."
Shaone Morrisonn http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Brutal start to the week (on the ice for all seven goals against in Tampa), Mo's instigator and fight in defense of Green was the best thing he's done in weeks, and following it up with a plus-two against Philly wasn't bad either.
Brian Pothier http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217725/cross.png Mystery injury following the Florida game in which he scored his first goal since mid-November.
Tom Poti http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png One goal, one assist, plus-four for the week, including a plus-two in the 7-4 loss in Tampa.
Jeff Schultz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Plus-four for the week. Ho-hum.
Swingman
Tyler Sloan http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Played in all four games for the week, and seemed to get better with each one.
Forwards
Nicklas Backstrom http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png When one goal and three assists is a quiet week, you've set the bar pretty high.
Matt Bradley http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217741/heart.png The coveted Purple Heart for his heroics in Tampa.
Jason Chimera http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png With a goal, three assists, two fights and a plus-three rating (and a Gordie Howe Hat Trick), he's certainly starting to fit in rather nicely in D.C.
Eric Fehr http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Two goals and a plus-four rating on a third-line that's gellin'.
Tomas Fleischmann http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png One goal, two assists, an even rating, four shots on goal and just 42.2% in the faceoff circle might not deserve an up arrow, but his shootout game-winner against Florida gets him there.
Boyd Gordon http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Won just 25% of his draws on the week and was minus-one in three games.
Mike Knuble http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Had a tough go of it in the Sunshine State, but rebounded with three goals in two games over the weekend.
Brooks Laich http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Had a clutch shootout tally against the Kitties and busted out in a big way against Philly on Sunday with as many goals as he'd scored in his previous 19 games (adding an assist, to boot).
Quintin Laing http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png One game, eight shifts, no stats of note.
Brendan Morrison http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Two assists and a plus-five rating for the week, but no shots on goal for a guy who is looking more like a decent third-line center - and not a top-six pivot - all the time.
Alex Ovechkin http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Three goals, seven assists and nearly a fight for the League-leader in plus-minus, who hasn't scored a power-play goal since December 23.
Alexander Semin http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Two goals, five assists and a plus-four rating keep Sasha on a roll (six goals, five assists in his last seven games), but that nagging wrist injury doesn't seem to be getting any better.
David Steckel http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217741/heart.png When you dance with the League's fighting major leader for your third NHL fight (and first in nearly two years), you get a Purple Heart.
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