Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 3

BOSTON - OCTOBER 21: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals is hit by Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on October 21 2010 in Boston Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Capitals 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals:

Outlet This Week Last Week What They're Saying
NR NR CBC ranks only the League's top six, bottom six and the Canadian teams. Seriously. (10/25)
5 1 Trying to keep things together along the blue line with Mike Green and Tom Poti nursing injuries. (10/25)
9 1 One of the eternal mysteries of the Capitals: Why can't Alexander Semin play every night like he did while scoring a hat trick in a 4-3 overtime win over the Thrashers? (10/26)
6 2 The Capitals will keep beating up on their divisional opponents, but early on this club looks less dominant than it was a year ago. Injuries to key defensemen like Mike Green and Tom Poti have thrown their youngsters into the fire. (10/26)
6 1 Rookie defenseman John Carlson is playing nearly 22 minutes a night and putting up good numbers: 1-5-6, plus-3. (10/25)
9 1 The 5-3-0 Caps bounced back from twin beatings against Boston in the middle of the week to beat Atlanta in overtime, but they're not quite in a groove offensively. The power play is ranked 19th overall, which is very un-Washington-like. (10/25)
12 4 (.625) By losing two of three last week, the Caps fell out of the top 10 in the rankings. In Washington's two losses, the club gave up three power-play goals to the opposition on eight chances, while failing to convert any of its eight man-up opportunities. (10/26)
10 6 Three-games-in-four-nights road trip starts Wednesday in Carolina
9 3 Goalie Semyon Varlamov is day to day because of an undisclosed injury. He just returned after missing three weeks because of a groin problem. (10/26)
4E 1E The Caps are having trouble scoring. Yeah, we'll bet that won't last. (10/26)
9 4 Michal Neuvirth is responding well to a heavy workload.
9 1
Does a little bit of Alex Ovechkin go a long way? Going by some nifty research done by the Washington Post, that seems to be the case. Ovechkin's shifts have stretched far too long lately and the Caps have suffered for it. Case in point: three shifts over 1:50 -- two of which ended with penalties to Washington -- in Thursday's loss to the Bruins. The Post also noted that as Ovechkin's TOI rises, Washington's winning percentage drops. Might be a good idea to shorten his leash, eh? (10/26)
11 1 While Alex Ovechkin (no points in three games) continues to spin his wheels, Alexander Semin pops three against Atlanta. (10/25)
16 5 Not cause for alarm bells or anything (or is it?) but LW Alexander Ovechkin has no points and is minus-3 in the last three games.
Key Injuries: G Semyon Varlamov (groin). (10/25)
5 3 Ovechkin pointless in three straight. (10/25)
- 1 Pending

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