Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 20

SAN JOSE CA - FEBRUARY 17: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period during an NHL hockey game at the HP Pavilion on February 17 2011 in San Jose California. The Sharks won the game 3-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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
Banished! The Caps have fallen out of the CBC's top six, and continue to not be Canadian, so the CBC has no opinion.  :: shrug ::
13 14 Ovechkin hits the 60-point mark with three goals and three assists in five games.
10 11 The Capitals are looking to make some moves, but haven’t found a partner quite yet after moving their big Tomas Fleischmann chip earlier this season. It sounds so strange to hear the Caps badly in need a playmaking center.
13 11 Word is the Capitals want a No. 2 center at the trade deadline; they are missing a spark, that's for sure.
11 9 If GM George McPhee can add a defenseman and a center before the Feb. 28 trade deadline, I'd like this team a lot more.
9 8 By splitting the four games they played on the road last week, the Caps dropped one place in the rankings. Alexander Semin just about single-handedly put an end to Washington's three game-losing streak when he notched a hat trick in a 7-6 win over the Ducks on Feb. 16
- 8 Pending
  12 11 Defenseman Mike Green has played only one game since he was hit in the ear by a puck on Feb. 6. He's likely to return later this week.
9 7 The Washington Post reports an internal team meeting was led by Scott Hannan, who brings an outsider’s perspective.
9 7 Despite a great game by Ryan Miller, the Capitals edge the Sabres 2-1 to creep within three points of the Southwest Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
15 10
They've won three of four, but a team that is already thin down the middle can hardly afford to lose C Nicklas Backstrom.
5 7 Caps searching for a forward, but will they find one for the right price?
Of note: Alex Ovechkin has posted 6 points (3G-3A) in his last four games.

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