WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 28: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals battles for the puck against the New York Rangers during the third period at Verizon Center on December 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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|
|14||16||With three straight wins and Mike Green's return on the horizon, things might be starting to look up for the Capitals. When all is said and done this year, it's still going to be them on top of the Southeast Division.|
|16||20||The Caps have their first three-game win streak under Dale Hunter.|
|15||15||Alex Ovechkin has points in six straight (6-3=9) for the Caps, who appear to be emerging from the wilderness.|
|13||14||Only two games for Caps between now and Monday, then seven in the following 12 days|
|15||N/R||It looks like the Caps may have turned a corner. They've won three straight and are 5-2-1 in their past eight. Not coincidentally, Alex Ovechkin has seven goals and three assists during that time.
|17||23||They were down 2-0 to Columbus after two periods on Saturday night. Then Alex Ovechkin went into a phone booth, and though he didn't emerge as Superman, just being the old Ovie was good enough. The Caps got a 4-2 win, just the kind that shows character and toughness. But their slow start means they'll have many more such nights ahead that have to go a similarly fortuitous way.|
|14||24||Alex Ovechkin has six goals and nine points during a six-game point streak, a span during which the Capitals have gone 4-1-1 and appear to be righting the ship. Getting D Mike Green back after a lengthy absence ought to help the power play too.
Key Injuries: RW Alexander Semin (ankle).
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