WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: A fan holds up a sign welcoming new head coach Dale Hunter of the Washington Capitals during the third period of the Capitals game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center on December 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/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|
|16||17||After generating only 19 and 17 shots in their first two games under Dale Hunter, the Capitals managed to fire 35 shots on Ottawa's Craig Anderson on Saturday, including the winner from Brooks Laich in overtime. That goal snapped their four-game losing streak and was only their fourth win over the past month.|
|17||22||Finally a win for new coach Dale Hunter. If there's an early statement to make for the new coach, the players can make it Monday night against Southeast Division-leading Florida.|
|16||16||With one goal in his last 11 games and eight on the season, Alex Ovechkin ranks third on the Caps in goals behind Jason Chimera and Nicklas Backstrom.|
|12||12||There is no way Brooks Laich should be leading the Caps in power play goals, but he is in a tie with Mike Green with three|
|-||-||NHL.com only ranks the top 16 teams, which means ... yeah.|
|23||18||Remember when everyone was saying what a genius GM George McPhee was not only for heisting first- and second-round picks from Colorado for goalie Semyon Varlamov, but going out and signing veteran Tomas Vokoun for $1.5 million? By importing the mercenary goalie (who referred to himself the other day as a "team employee" -- how's that for inspiring confidence?), McPhee risked undercutting the confidence of Michal Neuvirth, and that appears to be a problem now. Neuvirth has been flat out terrible, and Vokoun just average. Meanwhile, Varlamov is one of the hotter goalies in the league right now.|
|24||21||Washington's power play dropped into mediocrity last season and that hit to their offence helped sell the idea that the Capitals were playing a more responsible game, even if it wasn't particularly helpful. Well, once again, the power play appears to be missing Mike Green, going 2-for-45 (4.4%) in the last 11 games.|
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