Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 8

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 28: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Nicklas Backstrom #19 after a 3-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Verizon Center on November 28 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
3 3

Still have concerns, but so many weapons.
3 3 Ovie hasn't scored in seven games, but he's helping set up buddy Alexander Semin nicely for contract talks.
2 2 The Caps are 3-0, and Alex Ovechkin has six points and a plus-4 rating in the three games since CSNWashington's Corey Masisak took AO to task for laughing with Ilya Kovalchuk in the hallway following a loss. Perhaps that should happen more often..
4 3 The NHL's version of Boise State. The Caps are 11-3-1 against the Southeast and Atlantic divisions.
2 3 The Caps are 3-0-0 since the Ovechkin-Kovalchuk laugh-in controversy.
2 2 The Caps opened Week 8 up by getting shut out for the second time in three games, but the club bounced back by week's end, picking up three wins in a row. Alexander Semin netted four goals in Washington's three wins, including his sixth career NHL hat trick.
2 2 Nicklas Backstrom (four goals), Brooks Laich and Mike Green (three apiece) have more power play goals than Alex Ovechkin (two).
  2 4 Have won three straight. Defenseman Mike Green, out two games with undisclosed injury, left during OT Sunday after blocking a shot with his knee.
- 1 Pending.
3 1
Alex Ovechkin's slump is taking its toll. After 5-0 blankings in Atlanta and New Jersey, the sniper had scored two measly goals in his last 11 games. Coach Bruce Boudreau called the loss to the Thrashers "as bad of a defeat I think I have had since I've been here." (Posted 11/26)
1 1 It's a good thing Alexander Semin is scoring (four goals in two games) because Alex Ovechkin isn't (no goals in seven games), although he did get the shootout winner against Carolina.
2 4 The return of G Semyon Varlamov brought a three-game winning streak to the Caps, with Varlamov allowing only four goals in the process. If healthy, he gives the Caps an advantage between the pipes. Key Injuries: None.
2 - Varlamov returns with three consecutive victories.
1 1
Thumbs up: Yes, the real focus of the Caps’ season will be how they fare in the playoffs, but getting results and establishing good habits now is important.

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