Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals.
|Outlet||This Week||Last Week||What They're Saying|
|16||23||In their best game in a long time, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom scored in same game for first time in 14 months on Tuesday.|
|15||13||This team still needs Mike Green back more than anything else at the moment.|
|18||16||A 4-4-0 December has done nothing to convince people the Capitals will figure this out, even with a new coach.|
|17||14||Alexander Semin ’s goal Saturday ended an eight-game goalless streak. Michal Neuvirth has stopped 63 of 66 while taking a little bit of time away from Tomas Vokoun.|
|14||12||Caps have scored just one goal in each of past three games - and that pattern could continue this week with tilts against defense-minded Predators, Devils|
|N/R||16||NHL only ranks the top sixteen teams. We knew it was too good to last.|
|20||13||Despite getting the late goal in a 1-0 win at Winnipeg, Alex Ovechkin simply isn't making his tremendously talented presence felt enough. Ten goals and 22 points through the first 31 games are great numbers for an average player, but very mediocre numbers for someone who was once considered the game's most dynamic forward. So far, new coach Dale Hunter doesn't seem to be able to get much more out of him than Bruce Boudreau did.|
|17||16||Washington's top two scorers in December? Defencemen John Carlson and Dennis Wideman. It's nice to have the D contributing, particularly in the absence of Mike Green, but it's not the way for this team to win games either.|
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