Power Rankings Roundup: Week 10

OTTAWA, CANADA - DECEMBER 7: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators battles for position against Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on December 7, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/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
- 23 Pending.
13 16 Alex Ovechkin's goal against Ottawa on Wednesday is the type of play we're used to seeing from him, and it was awesome. Over the past two games he's recorded at least seven shots on goal for the Capitals. Prior to those two games, he had recorded seven shots just three times over the previous 26 games.
16 17 Two wins in a row for the beleaguered Caps and their new coach, Dale Hunter. Can they turn this into a real streak, or are more moves afoot in Washington?
14 16 The offense is beginning to return; if Washington can hold off red-hot Philadelphia on Tuesday, it will have wins in four of five and something to build off of.
12 12 Caps have exact same shots-per-game average (30.2) as shots-allowed-per-game average
16 N/R Have the Caps turned a corner under Dale Hunter? They've won two straight, but they have a big test Tuesday when they host the red-hot Flyers.
13 23 A couple wins in a row for Dale Hunter's squad dispelled some of the gathering gloom, though a test with the Flyers on Tuesday night figured to tell whether there is some real momentum here. Defenseman John Carlson certainly has some: eight points in his last four games, good enough to earn the NHL's Third Star of the Week laurels.
16 24 Back-to-back wins doesn't mean everything is A-OK for the Capitals, but it's a step in the right direction and doesn't hurt that LW Alex Ovechkin has launched 15 shots on goal in those two games -- his highest two-game total of the season.

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