Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals:
|Outlet||This Week||Last Week||What They're Saying|
|8||11||Alex Ovechkin showing signs of finally breaking loose. He still has only 19 goals, but six are game-winners|
|9||7||Alex Ovechkin snapped out of a goal-scoring funk with a hat trick last weekend, and the competition with Tampa Bay will end up being a very good thing for the Caps.|
|10||12||Still sputtering. Since Winter Classic, the Caps have four wins Florida, Ottawa, NY Islanders and Toronto.|
|8||6||Alex Ovechkin came up big with a hat trick Saturday, and the Caps have lost in regulation just twice in their past 10 games. They remain in hot pursuit of Tampa Bay for the top spot in the Southeast Division.|
|8||8||Alex Ovechkin powered the Caps' charge in Week 16. By recording four goals and two assists, the Washington captain helped his team collect five points in three games.
|9||8||Alex Ovechkin may not be producing goals at his usual rate, but he still leads Caps in hits (150)|
|6||7||Before scoring four goals against Toronto last Saturday the Capitals had been held to three or fewer in 12 straight games. They were held to one goal again on Monday.|
|7||5||Semyon Varlamov's overtime loss to the Flyers was his fourth defeat in five games.|
|8||5||Don't look now, but Alex Ovechkin comes to life with three, count 'em, three goals in a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto.|
|11||14||Only two regulation losses in the last 15 games, yet the Capitals aren't the feared offensive juggernaut they were last season and are relying on goaltenders that, while they have their moments, are either unproven, unhealthy or some combination thereof.
Key Injuries: D Tom Poti (lower body), RW Alexander Semin (hip), RW Eric Fehr (shoulder).
|5||5||Braden Holtby taking advantage of chance in goal.|
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