Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 22

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 6: Goaltender Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals stops a shot by Michal Repik #32 of the Florida Panthers on March 6, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/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 ::
10 13 Close and a cigar, too. The Caps start the week in first place thanks to four one-goal wins in a row.
7 8 The Capitals are 4-0 with Marco Sturm, Dennis Wideman and Jason Arnott acquired at the trade deadline. Clearly it’s the power of Wideman.
9 13 Ovechkin's fangs have dulled. Mike Green has 16 assists all season. The wins are coming, but where's the joy?
7 11 Four wins in a row and six in their past seven, the Caps are beginning to roll at just the right time of the season. That sound you hear is Caps fans slowly letting some air out.
8 8 Michal Neuvirth backstopped the Caps to three straight one-goal wins last week, including a 2-1 overtime win over the Islanders where he stopped 28 of 29 shots.
6 8 Caps edge ahead of Bolts in battle for top spot in Southeast.
  6 13 A five-game winning streak has put the Capitals back atop Southeast Division for first time since late December.
5 8 The most important development in the Capitals’ win over the Lightning was the play of Alexander Semin.
6 9 With seven wins in their last 10 games the surging Capitals have taken over the lead in the Southeast Division ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
12 14
Six wins in the last seven, with all wins coming by a single goal, lends to the theory that the Capitals have learned how to play a tighter defensive game, but when they are 0-for-11 on the power play in the last five, they pretty much have to be better defensively because the offence still isn't clicking.
6 6 Neuvirth continues to roll, winning five of six. Of note: Alex Ovechkin has six points (1G-5A) in his last four games.

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