Power Rankings Roundup: Week 23

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 10: Matt Hendricks #26 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by teammates Troy Brouwer #20 and Jay Beagle #83 after Hendricks scored in the first period against the Boston Bruins on March 10, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/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
13 17 It's been ugly at times, but the Capitals are still probably playing the best hockey in the division right now, which probably says more about the Southeast than anything else. I still think when the season ends, they're going to win it
15 24 The Caps are showing signs of life. It's about time. Talk about leaving it a little late in the season.
17 21 The Caps have won two straight on the road, three straight overall, and will look to try and solidify their playoff footing during a five-game, 10-day trip that brings them to Long Island, Winnipeg, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia.
14 22 Just when you thought the Capitals were going to miss the playoffs, they pull off three straight wins to take back control of their own destiny.
16 - Have the Caps turned a corner? Have we asked this question countless times this season? They are four points clear of ninth and have the tiebreaker over everyone chasing them.
19 25
Speaking of teams that are always up and down, the Caps have quietly gotten themselves back into the East's top eight. A gutsy win in Boston over the weekend did wonders for morale. If Alex Ovechkin (one goal in his last six games) could ever get cranked up, they could still easily win the Southeast title. Last week: 3-0-1
19 25 Three straight wins doesn't seem like much, but it's enough to get the Caps into eighth in the East, even when the formerly high-flying club has two defencemen, Dennis Wideman and Dmitry Orlov, leading the team in scoring this month with four points in six games.
Key Injuries: C Nicklas Backstrom (concussion), D Mike Green (suspension).

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