Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals.
|Outlet||This Week||Last Week||What They're Saying|
|15||18||The Capitals are back among the top-eight in the East, but their first shutout loss of the season to the Islanders on Tuesday did not help matters.|
|12||14||The Capitals entered the week in the top spot in the Southeast Division, and it's not going to be much of a surprise if the regular season ends and they're the only team from the division to qualify for the playoffs.|
|13||18||The Caps have won seven of their past 10 and, after spending seemingly an eternity away from the Southeast Division penthouse, are back in first place.|
|14||14||The Caps will be cautious with All-Star snub Nicklas Backstrom, who hasn’t played since suffering a head injury on an elbow from Rene Bourque during a three-assist performance on Jan. 3.|
|11||12||Alex Ovechkin has eight goals, 13 points in past 12 games|
Will he be physically able to play in the All-Star Game? Probably not, but Nicklas Backstrom should've at least had his terrific first half recognized.
|14||20||They've won three in a row and look ready to overtake Florida in the Southeast. On the downside, Mike Green needs abdominal surgery and will be out four-to-six weeks. But they've had to play without him much of the season already, so maybe they'll be able to better withstand his latest injury, find a way to win the division, and go into the playoffs with a healthy Green. That's the optimist's view.|
|18||22||The Capitals are 7-2 in their last nine and G Tomas Vokoun has a .942 SV% during that span. Once they get Nicklas Backstrom back in the lineup, they might even be worthy of their current third seed in the East.
Key Injuries: C Nicklas Backstrom (concussion), D Mike Green (groin).
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