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Capital Ups and Downs: Week 7

Our weekly look at individual Washington Capitals' ups and downs:

Goalies Trend Notes
Jose Theodore Brutal week (0-1-0/7.17/.714) leaves his season numbers in tatters, but more important than just this week, JT60's GAA and save percentage over the last five games: 4.29 and .850. Yikes.
Semyon Varlamov Don't look now, but after a 2-0-0/1.02/.964 week (including a marathon shootout win), Varly has a GAA that's half a goal better and a save percentage .019 better on the season than his main competition in D.C. More important? That 7-1-0 record.
John Erskine - Led the team in hits and was +1 against the Wild, scratched against Jersey. Such is the life of the sixth/seventh/eighth defenseman.
Mike Green A goal and four assists in three games and, with three points while up a man, the key to a power play that went 4-for-7 for the week.
Milan Jurcina Bad game against the Isles (including a bad penalty that led to the game-tying goal), out with a muscle pull for the next two.
Shaone Morrisonn - Led the team in hits against the Isles and blocked shots against the Devils.
Brian Pothier Continues to assert himself in the offensive zone with great results, including Friday night's game-winner and seven shots on goal in three games.
Tom Poti - On the ice for five of the ten goals the Caps allowed on the week (including an empty netter).
Jeff Schultz - Missed two games, came back to do his thing in Jersey.
Tyler Sloan - Skating as a blueliner for the two games he played this week, he didn't show up much on the stat sheet... which isn't a bad thing.
Nicklas Backstrom Minus-5 rating and just one assist in three games (not to mention a 2-for-10 night in the dot Saturday). Think he'll be happy when AO returns?
Matt Bradley - Solid work Friday night, a helper and the team's only plus rating Saturday.
Chris Clark Assist streak ends at four on Friday, one game after his shootout winner. Eight shots in less than two games since the Knuble injury - a sign of things to come?
Eric Fehr - Points in four of five entering Saturday night, gets yet another chance to make an impact with Knuble out.
Tomas Fleischmann - Has pointed in every game since his return except the first and his three-point week includes a power play goal and two extra man helpers. But a minus-six rating on the week (minus-two against the Isles, minus-four in Jersey) prevents him from getting a green arrow here.
Boyd Gordon - Blink and you missed his return to the lineup and subsequent exit from it.
Mike Knuble An assist and minus-two rating against the Isles and a busted finger against the Wild. But the Caps got him for April, not November, so don't worry too much.
Brooks Laich - An empty netter was his only point of the week, but 14 shots on goal is a nice number for three games.
Quintin Laing - Played the prototypical Q game on Friday night, didn't do much on either end of it.
Brendan Morrison Points in five-straight, including power-play helpers in the past two games where he's subbing for AO on the point (and doing quite well).
Michael Nylander The dreaded yellow circle of "What the hell, dude?"
Alex Ovechkin - Getting closer to playing, but not in the way that we're all getting closer to dying - most expect the Great Eight in the lineup Tuesday night in Gotham.
Mathieu Perreault Goal, assist, plus-two for the week and has yet to have a minus rating in any of his six games. We'll talk about those faceoffs some other time.
Alexander Semin Trending_sasha_medium Two goals against the Isles (and countless other fantastic chances) and one of the world's worst turnovers against the Devs. He's trending neither up nor down - he's trending Sasha.
David Steckel - Dominating the dot (70% for the week and 83% against Minny), but still yet to find the back of the net. It'll come, Stecks.