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Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 4

Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals:

Outlet This Week Last Week What They're Saying
4 NR Showed the Flames how dangerous they can be. (11/1)
7 5 Goalie Michal Neuvirth has been very impressive while Alexander Ovechkin and the offense are starting to put things in overdrive. (11/1)
7 9 Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom busted out for 10 points in a blowout win over the Flames last weekend, and it looks like the Caps offense is finally off and running. (11/1)
4 6 A big question mark at the beginning of the season, the Capitals’ goaltending has been the biggest reason for their success so far, led by Michal Neuvirth. Well, that and the offense provided by the big three up front.  (11/2)
5 6 Goaltender Michael Neuvirth is a big part of it, but the Caps have allowed 2.27 goals per game, tied for third best in the NHL. (11/1)
8 9 This is what happens when you wake up a sleeping giant -- a giant can of whupping comes out in Calgary. What a win! (11/1)
8 12 (.636) Michal Neuvirth was the man in both Washington victories last week. The 22-year-old goaltender only allowed two goals on 58 shots in the two Capitals wins, which included his first NHL shutout. (11/2)
7 10 Still some holes in Caps’ attack, but when they’re on their game, few opponents can keep up. (11/3)
6 9 Capitals' offense awakens while winning three times in four games. Pasting Calgary, 7-2, was the capper. (11/2)
3E 4E Michal Neuvirth is it. He's played in all but one of the Caps games so far this season and he's 7-3-0 on the year. (11/3)
6 9 A lot was made of the Sharks reuniting their three big scorers on the top line, but the combination of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin isn’t too bad, either. (11/3)
11 9
Frustrated by a 2-1 loss to the Wild, after which coach Bruce Boudreau said, "[We] looked like we were playing in quicksand," Alex Ovechkin jumpstarted the Caps in 12 seconds. On Saturday, Ovechkin scored two power-play goals that many ticks apart in a 7-2 win in Calgary. (11/2)
7 11 Don't look now, but Alexander Ovechkin has checked in. Ovie had two goals and three points in a 7-2 dousing of the Flames. (11/1)
5 16 Turned up the heat against the Flames on Saturday night, scoring three times on the power play to end a five-game drought that had seen the Caps go 0-for-16 with the man advantage. (11/1)
Key Injuries: G Semyon Varlamov (groin), Tom Poti (lower body).
4 5 Ovechkin heating up: 5 pts in 3 games. (11/2)
2 1 With all the video watched by coaches, how is it when Alexander Ovechkin drifts without the puck to the left circle that no one shadows him there? (11/2)

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