Our weekly look at individual Washington Capitals' ups and downs:
|Jose Theodore||-||After three games, a .902 save percentage and 2.90 GAA is probably about what we'd have expected, and he's looked good at times, but those two third-period softies in the Rangers game sting.
|Semyon Varlamov||▼||Off to a tough start, with questions about both his glove and head.
|John Erskine||▼||Wore the hard hat after game one and was terrible in Philly. If it wasn't for his willingness to drop the gloves, he wouldn't be here.
|Mike Green||▼||Having trouble getting shots on net and taking too many penalties.
|Milan Jurcina||▲||Did you know that Juice is tied for the team lead in plus-minus? More importantly, do the League's other 29 general managers?|
|Shaone Morrisonn||▲||Blocking shots, hitting, not committing penalties and playing with a bit of snarl... so far, so good.|
|Brian Pothier||-||Nice to have another guy back there who can make an outlet pass or skate the puck.
|Tom Poti||▼||Bad in Philly and not much better elsewhere so far. Also, only two shots on goal through five games.
|Jeff Schultz||-||Having trouble getting games and minutes. Has he lost the coach's confidence or is he sitting while trade bait gets showcased?
|Tyler Sloan||-||Defenseman? Forward? Waiver fodder?
|Nicklas Backstrom||▲||Could Backstrom become just the fourth player in history to hit the 100-assist mark in a season?|
|Matt Bradley||▲||Three points and a plus-three rating through five games is all you can ask of the grinder.|
|Chris Clark||-||Skating well, but with just one point (a helper) and six shots on goal in five games, he's not showing up on the score sheet enough.|
|Eric Fehr||-||It's now or never, Fehrsie.|
|Tomas Fleischmann||-||It's a couple of weeks from now or never, Flash.|
|Boyd Gordon||▼||Winning 60% of his draws, but three penalties and a minus-two rating aren't what you'd like to see from your fourth-line center.|
|▼||D.C. was only big enough for one Boyd, apparently. Plus, Kane stunk.|
|Mike Knuble||-||Just one goal (and no assists) through five games, but he's been better than that would indicate.|
|Brooks Laich||▲||Skating on the top PP unit with Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green and Semin. Jackpot!|
|Quintin Laing||▼||If Laing has no points, a minus-two rating, and the team's penalty killing percentage is well under 80% effective, is he doing his job?|
|Brendan Morrison||▲||Three goals (on just six shots on goal) and a 57.4% mark in the faceoff circle make the early returns on this signing look fantastic.|
|Alex Ovechkin||▲||White-hot out of the gate, needs to establish a consistent commitment to all aspects of the game... but then again, so does everyone on the team.
|Alexander Semin||-||Called out by his coach after two bad penalties in the Detroit game, he's mixing jaw-dropping skill with maddening decision-making. Ladies and gentlemen, Alex Semin.
|David Steckel||▼||The good? 63.1% in the dot. The bad? Team-worst minus-4 rating and no points. Maybe he's not a third-line center after all.|