WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09: Andrew Ladd #16 of the Winnipeg Jets collides with Matt Hendricks #26 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on February 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/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||13||His absence is still showing us just how important and valuable Nicklas Backstrom is to the Capitals.|
|18||14||The Caps just can't win on the road. If they don't figure it out, they won't make the playoffs.|
|15||14||If the Caps get both Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom back, all of a sudden they’re a team nobody wants to face in the first round.|
|14||14||Mike Knuble a healthy scratch for two straight games; expect him to be traded if the pattern continues|
|15||15||Following a home tilt with the Sharks, the Caps embark on a four-game road swing with stops in Florida and Ottawa. They need to win those games to stay in the playoff chase.|
|23||17||They're edging closer to Buffalo as the league's most disappointing team of the season. They just don't play with enough passion, and their penalty-killing has been lousy (25th in the league). True, injuries are a valid excuse with Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green still out. But nothing has gone all that well, no matter who's been in the lineup. Last week: 1-2-1|
Alex Ovechkin recently tweeted about missing Nicklas Backstrom, but it's no secret -- the Caps are 7-7-3 (with a minus-5 goal differential) since Backstrom got clocked by Rene Bourque on January 3.
Key Injuries: C Nicklas Backstrom (concussion), D Mike Green (groin).
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