Power Rankings Roundup: Week 24

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 13: Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals takes a water break at the start of the second period during the game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 13, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. (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
18 13 After losing back-to-back games to Winnipeg and Chicago the best news for the Capitals to close out the week has been the fact that Nicklas Backstrom is still skating.
20 15 Washington managed just 18 shots in a disappointing loss to Chicago on Sunday and now travels to Detroit and Philadelphia before entertaining the Jets on Thursday. Will the Caps be looking up at the Jets by then?
18 17 Nicklas Backstrom skated this week apart from the team but remains sidelined indefinitely with a concussion that has weighed heavily on the Capitals this year. Their five-game trip finishes up in Detroit and Philadelphia early this week.
20 14 Caps can't put space between them and Jets for eighth overall, making their Friday night game against Winnipeg arguably the most important they'll play all season.
- 16 Now you see them, now you don't. The Caps fall off the NHL.com radar once again.
19 19 They got a big win Monday in Detroit, with Alex Ovechkin scoring twice. But they have been just far too inconsistent for me to get very excited by it. It's been nice seeing classy veteran Mike Knuble get going, though. He has goals in three of his last four games, upping his total to six on the season.
21 19 Tied for the Capitals' scoring lead (with six points in 10 games) this month? C Keith Aucoin, a 33-year-old who has played 92 career NHL games, but has seen a bump in ice time, playing more than 14 minutes in each of the last three games.
Key Injuries: C Nicklas Backstrom (concussion), G Tomas Vokoun (lower body).

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