Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 24

MONTREAL, CANADA - MARCH 15: Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals takes down James Wisniewski #20 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 15, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Capitals defeated the Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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
2 2 The Caps have won nine of their past 10, with Alex Ovechkin picking up five goals and 14 points.
2 The Caps went on a big run, and now Alexander Ovechkin is being rested with a "minor ailment" until the playoffs. Okay, then.
2 2 Caps have won 10 of 11 heading into a showdown of East heavies tonight in Philadelphia.
2 2 The Caps are playing the best hockey in the East right now. Alex Ovechkin ramped up his game and was playing his best hockey of the season before being sidelined for at least a week to rest a "nagging ailment" before the playoffs, the team said.
4 4 Washington continued its sizzling play last week, winning two of three. In their first 10 games this month, the Caps only lost once, outscoring their opponents 30-15 during the impressive run.
2 2 Alex Ovechkin has 10 game-winning goals for rejuvenated Caps; next best is Alex Semin, with four
  2 2 The Capitals have won 10 of 11, including seven of eight on the road. They're at Philadelphia on Tuesday and trail the Flyers by two points for No. 1 in the East.
3 5 The transformation of the Capitals has also renovated Bruce Boudreau's reputation.
2 3 Suddenly goaltending looks like a strength for the Caps. The NHL’s first star of the week, Braden Holtby, was sent to the minors while Michal Neuvirth recorded his fourth shutout of the year against New Jersey.
10 10
Capitals would have been due for a move up this week, but news that they'll be resting Alexander Ovechkin's "nagging injury" for 7-10 days limits the current [fantasy] value of a team that is 10-1 in their last 11 games.
- 2 Pending.

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