Power Rankings Roundup: Week 15

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
11 13
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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