Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals:
|Outlet||This Week||Last Week||What They're Saying|
Thirty goals and 81 points in an "off season" for Alex Ovechkin. Not too shabby for Ovie or for the Capitals.
|3||2||Decidedly less sexy than recent Caps teams, but they head into the playoffs on a mission, and with a different mind-set.|
|3||2||There is a real concern about having three top defensemen injured and, in particular, not exactly knowing when Dennis Wideman will be back.|
|2||5||By picking up five of a possible six points in Week 25, the Caps kept themselves in the running for the Eastern Conference title. Alex Ovechkin led the way for Washington, posting four points in three games, including the overtime winner against the Sabres on Saturday.|
|2||2||Caps have league’s only plus-.500 win percentage when trailing after 20 minutes (15-11-3, .517)|
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|2||2||It would be nice to see Mike Green get a little game action before the playoffs.|
|2||2||Alex Ovechkin seems to be finding his offensive wings at just the right time as the Caps win two straight and are moving into the playoffs confident they are a better defensive team than they were a year ago.|
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