Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 5

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 03: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates a Capitals goal in the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on November 3 2010 in Washington DC. The Washington Captials won 5-4 in a shootout over the Maple Leafs. (Photo by Greg Fiume/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
4 4 Struggling power play produced against the Flyers. (11/8)
3 7 Caps are 5-0 in overtime this season, 5-1 in one-goal games and 7-3 when the other team scores first.* (11/8)
3 7 Who has possessed the body of Alexander Semin? What did they do with the moody, temperamental Russian? More goals than Alex Ovechkin through the first 14 games is pretty good, and the consistent effort has been even better. (11/8)
3 4 An overtime victory over Philadelphia capped a productive week for the Capitals as they took over first place in the Eastern Conference, and Mike Green is leading the way. (11/9)
4 5 After a slow start with a man-advantage, the Caps have scored seven power-play goals in the past four games. (11/8)
5 8 The Caps have won four in a row and six of seven. Did we notice just the slightest tremor in the game of October's rookie of the month, Michal Neuvirth? (11/8)
3 8 The Caps swept through the competition in Week 5 thanks to Alexander Semin. The Washington forward posted three goals and one assist in his team's three wins, plus a shootout marker against the Maple Leafs on Nov. 3 to help lift the Caps to a 5-4 victory at the Verizon Center. (11/9)
3 7 Lock up the lambs – the beast has awoken.* (11/8)
  3 6 They have four-game winning streak. Goal differential of plus-13 is tied for second best. (11/8)
- 3E Pending.
3 6 A strong November so far for Mike Green, who had six points in his first four games of the month.
N/A 11
On hiatus this week, next update November 17.
3 7 The Caps climb to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with an impressive 3-2 OT win over the Flyers. (11/9)
4 5 With six wins in their last seven games and 20 goals scored in the last four, the Capitals are starting to resemble last season's high-scoring squad.
Key Injuries: G Semyon Varlamov (groin), Tom Poti (lower body). (11/8)
2 4 Varlamov, Neuvirth and now Holtby show Caps goaltending depth. (11/9)
1 2 Bi-weekly rankings - next update is next week.

* These rankings have some bonus Capitals analysis.  Click on logos for links to full power rankings.

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