Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 6

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 14: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals shoots the puck against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Verizon Center on November 14 2010 in Washington DC. (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
2 4 Getting offence from the back end.
4 3 Getting more from the back end lately. D-men have 10 goals in the past eight games after getting just one in the first 10.
4 3 The Caps have finally reclaimed their rightful place as the top offensive team in the NHL (3.6 goals per game) and one of the premier power-play squads. Alex Semin couldn't be any more clearly having a contract season if he was talking about his role Randy Moss-style after each and every game.
- 3 Pending.
2 4 Riding an eight-game point streak. Would be a winning streak if it weren't for an OT loss to -- say, what? -- Buffalo.
5 5 Alexander Semin is slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He's second in the NHL with 13 goals. Who's happier than his agent, Mark Gandler?
3 3 Alexander Semin was one of the main reasons the Capitals were able to pick up seven of a possible eight points last week. The Washington forward potted four goals and four assists in his team's four games, including a hat trick and the game-winning goal in a win over Tampa on Nov. 11.
3 3 Alex Semin has a sizzling 21.3 shooting percentage (13 goals on 61 shots)
  5 3 Capitals defensemen have been contributing offensively during team's 8-1-1 surge.
- - Pending.
1 3 Alex Ovechkin says the best is yet to come for the Capitals. "I don't think we've played our best game right now. Soon, I think it's going to be better."
- N/A
2 3 John Erskine 's second goal of the season and ninth of his career proved to be the winner as the Caps topped the Thrashers 6-4.
4 4 It's a credit to the strength at the top end of the league that the Capitals are still fourth with one regulation loss in the last 11 games.  Key Injuries: G Semyon Varlamov (groin), Tom Poti (lower body).
2 2 Tough to believe, but ahead of last season's President's Trophy pace.
1 2 The Caps are 9-0-0 when Alexander Semin scores. Yeah, but he still doesn’t belong on the all-star ballot, huh?

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