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Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 14

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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals talks to his team during a timeout in the game against the Florida Panthers at the Verizon Center on January 8 2011 in Washington DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: Head coach Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals talks to his team during a timeout in the game against the Florida Panthers at the Verizon Center on January 8 2011 in Washington DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals:

Outlet This Week Last Week What They're Saying
4 6
The big slump is history. They have been good their past 10 games and have been better defensively. Like we said, there was a silver lining to that slide.
[ed. note:  Hey, CBC, what's with the screaming eagle logo for the Caps ?]
4 4 Alex Ovechkin is starting to find the range more often and Semyon Varlamov has been very good in goal.
5 6 The arc of disaster-to-triumph that the Capitals undertook during the 24/7 series was something to behold, and now Washington is in a pretty good place.
6 5 Here come the Caps. An eight-game point streak, with a Friday showdown looming against Vancouver.
5 5 The Caps are still not hitting on all cylinders offensively -- um, has anyone seen Alexander Semin in the past month or so? -- but are playing terrific defense and have lost just once in regulation in their past 10 outings.
5 6 Semyon Varlamov has been the main reason the Capitals have been on a roll in the New Year so far. The young netminder helped Washington collect five of a possible six points in their first three games in 2011 by only allowing four goals on 98 shots against.
5 10 Semyon Varlamov giving Caps the goaltending they need
  4 6 Capitals are 6-0-2 since Dec. 12. And Alexander Ovechkin (15 goals) seems like he might be stirring out of his slump.
6 6 Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he picked Eric Fehr as his breakout player this year. When Leonsis reminded Fehr after his two-goal Winter Classic, Fehr remained modest. "I've got a lot of work to do," he told his boss.
6 6 With one regulation loss in their last 10 starts the Caps are starting to kick it into gear even with Alex Ovechkin still in neutral.
- 6 Pending
4 7 Will huge Winter Classic victory spark second-half surge?

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