WASHINGTON - JANUARY 14: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks dives for the puck between Marcus Johansson #90 and John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 14 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|
|11||4||Power play problems are vexing the Capitals, who have 10 of next 15 on the road.|
|7||5||Keep an eye on Mass. native John Carlson with the Caps, as he’s really beginning to make some noise.|
|12||6||It's possible that Bruce Boudreau's job was spared by the Winter Classic. How much longer can this mediocre be allowed to last?|
|6||5||Owner Ted Leonsis once again blogged about his displeasure with the team, and the Capitals responded with a comeback win over the Senators on Sunday.|
||Okay, Alex, you got us. Funny. Now wake up.|
|8||6||An inept power play in Week 15 almost knocked the Caps out of the top 10. Washington failed to score any extra-man goals on 10 attempts in its three losses last week, which included an 0-for-5 performance against Florida on Jan. 11.
|8||5||Almost unthinkable that Alex Ovechkin is on pace for only three power play goals|
|7||4||Capitals have scored three goals or fewer in 10 straight games. Alexander Ovechkin remains a puzzle at 15 goals and 45 points in 44 games.|
|5||6||The Caps score three third-period goals to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 and snap a three-game losing streak.|
|14||6||Scott Cullen is handing out his midseason fantasy awards:
Hart: Alexander Ovechkin
Norris: Mike Green
Calder: John Carlson
Selke: David Steckel
Breakthrough: Semyon Varlamov
Disappointment: Alexander Ovechkin
Key Injuries: D Tom Poti (head), RW Alexander Semin (hip), RW Eric Fehr (shoulder).
|5||3||Caps still searching for defensive identity.|
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