WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals scores the game winner at 1:35 of overtime against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center on February 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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|
|16||18||The Capitals surprised many by making no moves at the trade deadline, but was there any move out there that was really going to help this team for the rest of this season?|
|18||19||The Capitals were quiet at the deadline and that was the right thing to do. This team is several moves away from being a Cup contender again.|
|20||17||It has been an awfully rough go for Mike Knuble, who was a healthy scratch Saturday for the fifth time this month. In 57 games this year, the 39-year-old has 12 points and a team-worst minus-16 rating.|
|20||18||Six of next seven games are at home, where Caps are an impressive 20-8-2; if they slump over that span, that may be enough to push them out of playoff picture for good|
|-||-||NHL.com only ranks the top sixteen teams, which means ... yeah.|
|19||21||You know what? They're still a mess, but in this division it might not matter. I think they're still going to win the Southeast. They have Alex Ovechkin, and the Panthers and Jets just don't look like teams that know how to close a deal yet. That doesn't mean the Caps are going any further than one round if they do get in. Last week: 2-1-0|
|19||24||Consistency in goal has been a season-long issue for the Capitals, and a couple of wins with Michal Neuvirth in net could tilt the needle in his direction, at least until the next loss.
Key Injuries: C Nicklas Backstrom (concussion).
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