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||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||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.|
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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