WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: Head coach Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals talks to his team during a timeout in the game against the Florida Panthers at the Verizon Center on January 8 2011 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|
|4||4||Alex Ovechkin is starting to find the range more often and Semyon Varlamov has been very good in goal.|
|5||6||The arc of disaster-to-triumph that the Capitals undertook during the 24/7 series was something to behold, and now Washington is in a pretty good place.|
|6||5||Here come the Caps. An eight-game point streak, with a Friday showdown looming against Vancouver.|
|5||5||The Caps are still not hitting on all cylinders offensively -- um, has anyone seen Alexander Semin in the past month or so? -- but are playing terrific defense and have lost just once in regulation in their past 10 outings.|
|5||6||Semyon Varlamov has been the main reason the Capitals have been on a roll in the New Year so far. The young netminder helped Washington collect five of a possible six points in their first three games in 2011 by only allowing four goals on 98 shots against.
|5||10||Semyon Varlamov giving Caps the goaltending they need|
|4||6||Capitals are 6-0-2 since Dec. 12. And Alexander Ovechkin (15 goals) seems like he might be stirring out of his slump.|
|6||6||Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he picked Eric Fehr as his breakout player this year. When Leonsis reminded Fehr after his two-goal Winter Classic, Fehr remained modest. "I've got a lot of work to do," he told his boss.|
|6||6||With one regulation loss in their last 10 starts the Caps are starting to kick it into gear even with Alex Ovechkin still in neutral.|
|4||7||Will huge Winter Classic victory spark second-half surge?|
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