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Power Rankings Roundup: Week 12

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

Outlet This Week Last Week What They're Saying
- 16 Pending.
16 15 It's still amazing to look at the Capitals' leading goal-scorers and see Jason Chimera at the top of the list (as he was Monday).
20 18 Signs of life from the Caps and their beleaguered captain, Alex Ovechkin. They salvaged a point against Nashville after falling behind 3-0 and have gone 4-2-1 in their past seven. They'll face the Sabres twice in the next three games. Interesting.
15 17 One of the more bizarre stats of the year is Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal total: two.
- 14 Pending.
N/R N/R NHL only ranks the top sixteen teams. We knew it was too good to last.
23 20 Michal Neuvirth started his fifth straight game, a 4-2 loss at Buffalo on Monday, but neither he nor Tomas Vokoun has been able to hold the No. 1 job, and the Caps are 6-10-1 on the road. Thoughts of this being an "elite" team are rapidly fading. It desperately needs D-man Mike Green back (he returned to practice on Tuesday) and a return to form by Alex Ovechkin, who has a three-game point streak, with a goal in two of the tilts. Remember when three points in three games used to be a dry spell for good old No. 8?
- 17 Pending.

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