February 22, 2020

Washington Redskins Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

(Photo by: @Redskins)

(Photo by: @Redskins)

For the first time all year, the Washington Redskins left the friendly confines of FedExField and returned winners.

With a 24-21 victory over the Chicago Bears, the Redskins solidified the fact that they control their own destiny when it comes to the playoffs. Win, and they’re in. It’s that simple.

The pundits have taken notice of the Redskins increasingly good level of play. Just by looking at the power rankings, it’s clear that they are front-runners to win the NFC East division. Check out where they rank.

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Washington Redskins Week 11 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

After a dominating win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon, the Washington Redskins have caught the eyes of those around the NFL national media.

That fact was ever so apparent in the latest power rankings. On most lists, they moved up. Some, surprisingly enough, have begun to look ahead at not just the remaining games on their regular season schedule, but also where they stand in the playoff race. Granted, the NFC East is an awful division, but Washington is only a half game back of first place.

Take a look at wear the Burgundy and Gold rank among the major weekly power rankings. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 9 Power Rankings Roundup

The Washington Redskins took some time off this past weekend to rest, relax and do some self-evaluation. They ended the unofficial “first half” of their season with a thrilling 31-30 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Despite not playing a down, the Redskins did see some movement in the weekly power rankings. Before we dive in to Week 9’s edition of the roundup, take a look back at last week’s.

(via @lastwordonsports on Twitter)

And now, check out where the Redskins rank across the national media. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 8 Power Rankings Roundup

After a thrilling 31-30 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Washington Redskins enter their Week 8 bye with momentum and 3-4 record.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins put together the strongest performance of his career and silenced his critics for at least another two weeks. Granted, it came against a Tampa Bay team that is one of the worst in the NFL, but a win is a win no matter what. In the past two seasons, W’s have been hard to come by for the Burgundy and Gold.

As we take a look around the national media and where the Redskins rank across the power rankings, you’ll see an obvious trend. Along with that trend, you’ll find a concern that I have for not only the magnitude of the victory last Sunday, but also for how it’ll be remembered.

And away we go! [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Power Rankings Week 6

Two losses in three games, (St Louis was rough), but Ovechkin and Johansson are scoring a bit and Backstrom wants all the assists. Brooks Laich is still out, but Tom Wilson only missed one game with whatever it was he had (at least it’s not the mumps).

Rank Player The whatfor
1 Nicklas Backstrom Two points in three games for Backstrom. The 2 assists came against CBJ on 11/11, which the Capitals won 4-2.
2 Marcus Johansson Johansson continues to improve. He logged 2 goals in the Caps win against CBJ, and his 8 goals on the season are on par with Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward who both have 8 goals apiece as well. .
3 Joel Ward Ward scored his 8th goal of the season in the Caps’ 4-1 loss in St. Louis, tying him with Ovechkin and Johansson, who also have 8 goals apiece.
4 Troy Brouwer Brouwer has 1 point in the Caps last three games, an assist in the win vs. CBJ.
5 Mike Green He stands at 12th in points for NHL defensemen, and has two assists in his last three games. He’s been a consistently positive possession player for the Caps this season.
6 Alex Ovechkin He’s tied for the Caps points lead with Backstrom, and scored 2 goals in the win vs. CBJ.
7 John Carlson Carlson doesn’t have a point in his last three games, and it doesn’t look like he’s seeing a lot of PP time, but he’s taking the brunt of ice time for Caps defensemen (he played 24:51 in St. Louis).
8 Matt Niskanen He hasn’t collected a point is 5 games, but his steadying presence on the blue line should not go unnoticed.
9 Eric Fehr Tom Wilson’s return bumped him back to the third line, and since Joel Ward is the only member of “Gang Green” to see any significant PP time, there’s not been a real opportunity for Fehr to add to his totals.
10 Andre Burakovsky The rookie has 12 points on the season, and collected an assist on each of Johansson’s goals vs. CBJ. He’s tied for 2nd in points by NHL rookies.
11 Braden Holtby Two wins in his last three starts with a SV of .909. That number will likely improve. His puck-handling gaffe against the Devils cost the team the win, however.
12 Karl Alzner Nothing remarkable this week, but Alzer continues to work hard and fly under the radar, as always.
13 Evgeny Kuznetsov He’s been held scoreless in his last 5 games, and still sits with 6 points on the season.
14 Brooks Orpik Orpik is wrangling heavy minutes and heavy hits, but the hits should be taken with a grain of salt. Hitting that much means you don’t have the puck very much.
15 Nate Schmidt He’s collected two assists in his last three games after going scoreless for 14 games to start the season.
16 Jason Chimera Chimera isn’t having a great start to the season as far as goals or points. Only 2 points in 16 games.
17 Tom Wilson Wilson missed one game as a precaution on 11/11. Trotz called him the “best player” on the ice in the loss in St Louis.
18 Jay Beagle Beagle has seen time on almost every line this season. The coaching staff clearly has a lot of confidence in him, and he’s being rewarded for his hard work.
19 Michael Latta Latta has just one assist in 14 games, and while he isn’t a standout, he does his job well.
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Justin Peters

 

Chris Brown

His only start this week was a loss, and his SV% is a dismal .882.

Since his call up on Nov. 14, Brown hasn’t added any offense, but he’s a good fourth line energy player.

Brooks Laich Yup.
 – John Erskine Sidelined due to neck surgery. Doubtful he’ll crack the lineup any time soon.
 – Aaron Volpatti Still. On. IR.
 – Jack Hillen Scratched this week.
 – Liam O’Brien Healthy scratch for 3 games this week..
 – Dmitry Orlov He’s skating, but not ready to play yet.

 

 

Washington Capitals Power Rankings Week 5

What an interesting week for the Washington Capitals. After losing five straight games, the Caps collected a home and a road win during a weekend back-to-back. Tom Wilson and Brooks Laich got hurt, and Eric Fehr and Evgeny Kuznetzov were healthy scratches. Jay Beagle is a first-liner (again), so get well soon, Tom (please).

Rank Player The whatfor
1 Nicklas Backstrom Backstrom scored 2 goals and an assist this week, including an overtime game-winner against Carolina. He’s the heart and soul of the team.
2 Marcus Johansson Johansson is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. He has two goals and an assist in 3 games, and has adopted the “shoot first” mentality quite well. .
3 Joel Ward Ward scored the game-winner in Chicago on 11/7, and now has 7 goals, one more than Alex Ovechkin. He can thank Trotz for all that power play time.
4 Troy Brouwer Brouwer has a goal and an assist in three games, and would probably be a better choice than Beagle for the top line while Tom Wilson is convalescing.
5 Mike Green Green had one assist in three games this week, but has consistently driven play as a positive possession player. His 11 points is good enough for 13th in the NHL for points by a defenseman.
6 Alex Ovechkin He didn’t score any goals this week, but had 3 assists in 3 games. Let’s hope he doesn’t weigh down his new linemate Jay Beagle
7 John Carlson Carlson had two multi-point games this week, for a total of three points. He leads all Caps defensemen in points, with 11, and ranks 7th points by a defenseman in the NHL. (Mike Green has one more goal and two fewer assists).
8 Matt Niskanen The Caps broke their 5-game losing streak in Chicago on 11/7, and Niskanen collected two assists. He’s steady in his own end, and can be trusted to make the right decisions when he has the puck.
9 Eric Fehr Fehr was a healthy scratch for two games, but he scored a goal in his first game back on Saturday night. He had 4 SOG that night, tied with Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Johansson.
10 Andre Burakovsky The rookie scored a goal and added an assist in the Capitals’ win in Chicago. His production has dropped off a bit, but that’s expected. He’ll be just fine.
11 Braden Holtby Holtby rebounded from several bad showings with a 40-save performance in the Caps 3-2 win in Chicago, in which he boasted a .950 SV%.
12 Karl Alzner The 26 year old defenseman added an assist, his third of the year. He’s not taking the heavy minutes that he used to but he and Niskanen are a solid second defensive pairing.
13 Evgeny Kuznetsov Kuznetzov might be struggling to adapt to the NHL, or he’s struggling because he’s skating with the fourth line most nights. Or he’s a healthy scratch, like 11/7. Either way, give him time. He deserves better, but hockey isn’t fair.
14 Brooks Orpik Orpik is taking some heavy minutes and facing tough competition night after night. It almost makes up for his untimely defensive-zone turnovers.
15 Nate Schmidt He’s logging close to 20 minutes a night with D-partner Mike Green, and though he doesn’t have a point yet this season, he’s been a positive possession player for the Caps.
16 Jason Chimera He hasn’t scored or had a shot on goal in 4 games, but Chimera’s third line is a capable shutdown line most nights.
17 Tom Wilson Wilson sustained a ‘”lower-body” injury Saturday in the second period of the Caps home game against Carolina. He’s listed as “questionable” for  Tuesday’s home game as well.
18 Jay Beagle The fourth liner earned a promotion to the Caps top line, thanks to Tom Wilson’s injury on Saturday. He also scored his first goal of the season (prior to the first line promotion). Sure, he works very hard, can certainly deserves the respect he’s garnered from the coaching staff, but just ask Adam Oates how well 8-19-83 worked out last season. It wasn’t pretty.
19 Michael Latta Latta doesn’t face very tough competition, but he has a positive Corsi rating and gets the job done.
20 Justin Peters Peters allowed 3 goals in the Caps’ OT win vs. his former team, the Hurricanes. His .882 SV% doesn’t look very good right now, but there’s still time for him to turn things around.
Brooks Laich Out with an “upper-body” injury, per the team. He last played on 11/7, and was reevaluated by team medical staff on Monday.
 – John Erskine Sidelined due to neck surgery. Doubtful he’ll crack the lineup any time soon.
 – Aaron Volpatti
  1. Still.
 – Jack Hillen Scratched this week.
 – Liam O’Brien Healthy scratch for 3 of the last 5 games.
 – Dmitry Orlov Yup, still on IR.

Washington Capitals Power Rankings Week 4

All three games played this week were losses for the Capitals, who have lost five of their last six games and are in the midst of a four-game losing streak. The last time they won a game was during their western Canadian road trip, against Calgary. They take on the Flames again Tuesday, and the Caps are hoping for a reversal of fortunes as four of their next five games are at home.

Lost in the shuffle of the losing streak is the performances of several key players – Kuznetsov, Brouwer, Johansson, and Green, who have collected a point in each of their last three games. Ovechkin is poised to break Caps’ great Peter Bondra’s franchise scoring record, and Backstrom has quietly racked up four points in five games.

 

Rank Player The whatfor
1 Alex Ovechkin His 4-point game Sunday night, obscured by the 6-5 loss, tied him with Peter Bondra on the franchise points list with (825). After going 5 games without a point, Ovechkin now has 5 points in his last 2 games.
2 Nicklas Backstrom Backstrom had three assists in the Caps’ loss to the Coyotes, and he’s collected 4 points in his last three games. A typically solid week for him.
3 Mike Green Green has 3 points in his last 3 games. He’s ranked 6th in the NHL in points for defensemen. Lots of people are talking about how he should be traded to improve the team or shake things up in the locker room, but he is far from being the problem on this team.
4 Troy Brouwer Despite ever-shuffling linemates, Brouwer has scored a goal in each of his last three games, including a last-second tally against Arizona.
5 Marcus Johansson Johansson has 3 points in his last three games, a goal and a pair of assists. Eleven games in, he’s already halfway to equaling his goal output (8) from last season.
6 Evgeny Kuznetsov After a slow start to the season, the rookie scored his first goal of the season against the Red Wings, and now has 3 points in his last three games. Trotz seems to be fond of shuffling him between skating with Johansson and Brouwer on the second line and skating with Michael Latta and Jay Beagle on the fourth line.
7 Joel Ward He has 5 goals so far this season, and is second only to Alex Ovechkin, who has 6. He was briefly promoted to the top line, and added a power play goal Sunday’s loss to Arizona.
8 John Carlson Besides facing the toughest competition with his d-partner Brooks Orpik, Carlson has 3 points in his last 3 outings.
9 Tom Wilson Wilson has only donned a Caps sweater twice this season since returning from injury, but was promoted to the first line, scored a goal on his first shift and collected an assist in Sunday’s loss. If Trotz decides to continue playing him with decent linemates, his development will be leaps and bounds from last season.
10 Matt Niskanen Though Niskanen and Alzer don’t face competition as tough as Orpik/Carson, they are still eating up some tough minutes. You couldn’t ask for a steadier pair.
11 Braden Holtby The Caps goaltending hasn’t been very good all season. Out of 8 games started, Holtby is 3-3-1 and has a SV% of .899. It’s safe to predict his performance will eventually level out, though it’s hard to say why he’s struggling early on – perhaps he’s readjusting to actually being allowed to play his natural style.
12 Karl Alzner Alzner is skating some fairly tough minutes with defensive partner Matt Niskanen. Nothing remarkable to report otherwise. Karl is as Karl does.
13 Andre Burakovsky The young Swede is adapting well to the center position, but only has one point in his last 3 games. His minutes have been somewhat limited, however – he skated only 7:42 in Sunday’s loss to Arizona, the lowest TOI of his NHL career thus far.
14 Brooks Orpik Orpik has taken a few avoidable, untimely penalties of late. He’s also guilty of coughing up the puck in the defensive zone a bit too much, which is most notably the catalyst of the Caps’ troubles.
15 Jason Chimera Chimera has one point in his last 3 games and suffered a grossly broken nose against Detroit. It was basically on the other side of his face.
16 Nate Schmidt Schmidt still hasn’t scored a point this season, but he’s a positive possession player. He and d-partner Mike Green face the weakest competition of all the defensemen and receive the most offensive-zone starts.
17 Justin Peters Peters has played 4 games in a Caps sweater, and is 1-2-1 in that span, with a SV% of .880. It’s not fun to be a Capitals goaltender right now.
18 Eric Fehr A healthy scratch on Oct. 29, Fehr returned to action on the road in Tampa Bay and at home against Arizona. He was replaced by Joel Ward on the first line last Thursday, started Sunday’s game on the top line and then moved to the third line between Chimera and Ward.
19 Michael Latta Latta doesn’t have a point in the last 3 games, but earned 5 for fighting for his half-hearted bout against Arizona’s B.J. Crombeen.
20 Jay Beagle Beagle played a season-high 15:34 against Detroit last Thursday, but that’s about it. No points in 6 games.
Brooks Laich Still out with an “upper-body” injury, per the team.
 – John Erskine Sidelined due to neck surgery. Doubtful he’ll crack the lineup any time soon.
 – Aaron Volpatti IR. Still.
 – Jack Hillen Scratched this week.
 – Liam O’Brien Played one game this week, but was a healthy scratch as soon as Tom Wilson was healthy enough to play.
 – Chris Brown Scratched this week.
 – Dmitry Orlov Yup, still on IR.

 

Washington Capitals Power Rankings Week 3

To summarize: Mike Green is having The Best Week Ever, and the Caps escaped from western Canada with a 1-2 record. They’re still 4-2-2 on the season, so it’s not as bad as it looks. The Caps looked great in Edmonton, but hockey isn’t fair, so no points there. In Calgary, they worked hard and grabbed a few points. Vancouver is the new San Jose for the Capitals, because they just can’t win there. They looked a bit tired, but three games in 4 nights tends to tire one out.

There are a couple guys that I think are due for a goal or two, so maybe they can get that out of the way this week. The Caps play 3 of their next 4 games at home.

 

Rank Player The whatfor 
1 Mike Green Green leads the team in scoring with 8 points (3g, 5a). Though he was held scoreless during the Caps 3-1 win over the Flames on Saturday, Green already has 3 multi-point performances through 7 games. The only defenseman in the NHL with more points than Green is San Jose’s Brent Burns.
2 Marcus Johansson The Swede has already equaled his even-strength goal total (3) from last season, and it took him 72 fewer games to do it.
3 Andre Burakovsky Burakovsky skated with the second line for most of the three games this week, but was bumped to the third line during Sunday’s game in Vancouver, centering Jason Chimera and Joel Ward. His 2 assists this week are good enough to tie Nicklas Backstrom for a total of 7 points on the season.
4 Braden Holtby He allowed 3 goals in the loss to the Oilers, but finished with a .952 save percentage in the 3-1 win over the Flames. Not a bad week. He sits at .922 SV% through 5 starts this season.
5 Nicklas Backstrom He added a goal in Calgary and an assist in Edmonton. He failed to register even a shot on goal in the loss to the Canucks.
6 Joel Ward One half of the third line “twins,” Ward scored 2 goals in Saturday’s win in Calgary.
7 Brooks Orpik The other Brooks logged 10 hits and an assist in Calgary, and pretty much hit anything that moved in Western Canada.
8 Alex Ovechkin No goals this week for Ovechkin, after 3 games played, and he’s been scoreless since the Caps’ 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on 10/16. Oh, and he should probably cut back on the shot-blocking thing.
9 Justin Peters He’s only gotten 3 starts this season, but his performance in the Caps’ loss to the Canucks on Sunday kept the game much closer than it looked.
10 Eric Fehr Though he was momentarily separated from the top line for a bit, Fehr has spent the majority of the season skating with Backstrom and Ovechkin. He’s logged just 2 assists in 8 games. One of those points came while he was reunited with the third line.
11 Evgeny Kuznetsov Kuznetsov is another player who is due to get off the schneide any time now. He briefly centered a line with Johansson and Brouwer on Sunday, and I suspect his lack of production has more to do with his linemates and ice time than anything else.
12 Nate Schmidt This young defenseman hasn’t made an impact on the scoreboard, but he’s logging quite a few minutes with partner Mike Green and is averages 14:26 TOI.
13 Karl Alzner Alzner assisted on Nicklas Backstrom’s 3rd period goal against the Calgary Flames. He took a penalty against Vancouver that led to a flurry of scoring – 3 goals in less than 2 minutes.
14 Troy Brouwer Brouwer hasn’t scored a point since 10/16 against the Devils. He was credited with 4 hits in the 4 games since, but there’s opportunity for him to produce a bit more if he’s skating on the first and second lines as he did this week and getting power play time.
15 Jason Chimera Not an exciting week for Jason Chimera. He’s registered just 2 points in 8 games.
16 John Carlson Carlson scored a power play goal in the loss against Edmonton, but didn’t contribute to the offense on the road trip otherwise.
17 Matt Niskanen One assist this week, and a whole lot of penalty killing.
18 Liam O’Brien Pretty nice week for O’Brien. He scored his first NHL goal in Vancouver, and got punched in the face by Matt Hendricks in Edmonton.
19 Michael Latta Not a remarkable week for the center, other than an assist on Joel Ward’s second goal in Calgary, which was Latta’s first point of the season.
20 Jay Beagle Made his return to the lineup in Edmonton. He had an otherwise uneventful week.
Brooks Laich Still out with an “upper-body” injury, per the team.
 – John Erskine Sidelined due to neck surgery. I’m doubtful he’ll crack the lineup any time soon.
 – Aaron Volpatti IR. Still.
 – Jack Hillen Scratched this week.
 – Tom Wilson His return to Hershey could signal an appearance in a Caps sweater sometime soon.
 – Chris Brown Scratched this week.
 – Dmitry Orlov Yup, still on IR.

 

Washington Capitals Power Rankings: Weeks 1 & 2

Each Monday this season, District Sports Page will rank the active roster of the Washington Capitals “power ranking” style. The criteria for rankings will be questionable and highly subjective, so don’t think too hard about them.

Note: this list actually covers weeks 1 & 2, since the Capitals only played 5 games during that timespan.

Rank Player The whatfor
1 Alex Ovechkin Six points in 5 games, and he looks great at even strength. Fun times.
2 Mike Green I think he’ll outlast Brooks Laich in the injury sweepstakes. If there was any worry about how he’d fit into the updated defensive corps, thats gone now. He’s thriving.
3 Andre Burakovsky Five points in five games. He seems to be adjusting to his role as a center. It’s like he was born to be a 2C.
4 Troy Brouwer He got bumped up to the first line against Florida when Fehr moved back to the third line, and scored the equalizing goal against San Jose that sent the game to OT.
5 Nick Backstrom Mr. 500 is kind of a big deal ’round these parts. Just ask Barry Trotz.
6 Braden Holtby Two wins, a shutout in Boston, not a bad start to the season for Holtby (aside from that one time he was pulled less than 10 minutes into the game against San Jose.)
7 Jason Chimera This guy was all over the ice Saturday night, and he definitely worked on his moves during the offseason.”)
8 Marcus Johansson Part of the “Swedetrick” against the Devils, and has 2 goals through 5 games. He’s shooting more and looks pretty confident on the ice.
9 Eric Fehr He’s already been bumped from the first line to the third with Chimera and Ward, and it’s moderately unfortunate for a player who can skate as well as he can to be stuck at center, but there’s still a lot of time left for things to change.
10 Justin Peters He’s only gotten one start, but it was a good one, and has subbed in capably when needed.
11 Evgeny Kuznetsov Three points in 5 games, which is not bad, but he’s still being shuffled around the lineup a bit.
12 Nate Schmidt If Nate Schmidt ever stops smiling, the world will probably stop turning and the sun will cease to shine. Besides that, he looks more like an NHL defenseman every day.
13 Karl Alzner Karl is as Karl does. No surprises here.
14 Joel Ward This.
15 Brooks Orpik Orpik, usually paired with John Carlson, looked good, aside from the first period of the Sharks game, where everyone was struggling.
16 John Carlson Four points in four games for Carlson, and he’s seeing a lot of power play time as well.
17 Matt Niskanen He’s eating up a lot of minutes, and seems to be meshing well with partner Karl Alzner.
18 Liam O’Brien Probably the sassiest guy on the team. Not many people his size would dare taunt the mountainous John Scott.
19 Brooks Laich Laich has one point in 5 games, and it looks like he’s going to miss some time with an upper-body injury. Say it with me: at least it’s not the groin.
20 Chris Brown He’s done pretty much what is expected of him as a fourth line winger, and scored a goal, too.
21 Michael Latta Healthy scratch for 3 of 5 games this season, only seeing action against Boston and San Jose thus far.
 – John Erskine Healthy scratch. Not a great probability we’ll see him dress for a game any time soon.
 – Aaron Volpatti Still on IR for the foreseeable future.
 – Jack Hillen Healthy scratch since his one start in the home opener. Probably won’t be seeing much of Hillen this season.
 – Tom Wilson Still on IR, but Trotz has hinted that he may see a rehab stint in Hershey fairly soon.
 – Jay Beagle Not in the doghouse, but still on IR. He practiced Monday morning, so he might be back soon.
 – Dmitry Orlov Yup, still on IR.

Washington Captials Power Rankings: Week 3

Each Monday this season, District Sports Page will rank the active roster of the Washington Capitals “power ranking” style. Cause who doesn’t love a gimmicky, made-for-page-hits power ranking?

The Caps went 0-2-0 last week, looking hapless and lethargic for most of both games. There are sparks in their play on occasion, but those occasions are few and far between right now.

Upcoming Schedule: Mon. against Edmonton at 7:00 pm; Weds. against N.Y. Rangers at 8:00 pm; Sat. against Columbus at 7:00 pm.

Rank Player The Good, Bad or Ugly
1. Alex Ovechkin Goal against Carolina, minus-3 against Colorado. The power play was powerless last week and that starts and kind of ends with Ovi.
2. Eric Fehr Goal and assist last week. Leading the team’s most effective line thus far. 56.1% in the dot. Huzzah!
3. Nate Schmidt The left-handed defenseman made his debut against Colorado and played pretty well, recording three shots on goal in the process. To   think, if Dmitry Orlov didn’t have pink eye he might not have even made the   trip.
4. Karl Alzner Recorded five shots last week. Not really his thing, maybe the mustache made him do it.
5. Troy Brouwer Not here for his play (no points and just seven shots on goal for the year), but for saying what every fan was thinking following the Colorado   game. There are too many guys not exhibiting enough effort or intensity out there. Hope Brouwer has the good sense to realize he’s part of the problem.
6. Mikhail Grabovski Without a point for   the week. The second line is having a tough time jelling out there. Maybe a time for a little shakeup.
7. Nick Backstrom One assist against Carolina and a whopping minus-3 vs Colorado, including a weak effort against Tanguay on his short-handed marker.
8. Mike Green Didn’t have a shot against Carolina, was minus-2 against Colorado. When the power play struggles as it did last week, Green’s points are at a premium.
9. Jason Chimera Old Stone Hands had a goal and assist last week with five shots in two games, constituting a blistering hot streak for him.
10. Joel Ward Had a helper on the lone goal against Colorado. Contributing to the Caps most effective puck-possession line this season. Will he be eventually rewarded for it?
11. Brooks Laich Without a point in five games and minus-5 overall. If this is the new Brooks Laich after all the injuries, he shouldn’t be on anyone’s second line.
12. Marcus Johansson Hasn’t registered a point since the second game of the season. Peerless   said it best: MoJo hasn’t been a passenger; he’s been baggage thus far.
13. Steve Oleksy Oleksy got an assist   against Carolina on Ovechkin’s tip-in but was   minus-2 against Colorado. Around here, that’s a combo to get you moved up on the power rankings!
14. Alexander Urbom Hasn’t looked out of place at the left D. Showed off a big. Booming shot against Colorado. Watch this space.
15. John Carlson Carlson had a rough week, twice deflecting shots past his own goalie. His skating against Colorado was abysmally lazy.
16. Braden Holtby Stopped 33-of-36 against Carolina. Was not the reason the Caps lost, but didn’t lead them to victory either. We were all looking for better than .873 save percentage from him this season.
17. Tom Wilson He says he’s learning a lot in practice and by being with the big club. I suppose any teenager on and NHL roster will tell you those things. Plus, the per diem is much better than in the “O”.
18. Michael Neuvirth Stopped 23-of-28 against Colorado. Was beaten short-side twice, including on a short-handed goal. Needs to take advantage   of every playing opportunity and really didn’t last week.
19. Jay Beagle He’s your fourth-line center, all 7:37 TOI/G of him.
20. Martin Erat Erat’s time on the penalty kill is getting him up to 10 minutes of TOI, so there’s that. But for all the clamoring for him to get moved up, he still only has two shots on goal in five games. Even Beagle’s done that!
21. John Erskine 0-0-0, -5, 6 PIMs. He’s really dragging Carlson down with him.
22. Michael Latta Earned 7:03 of ice time against Carolina and was -1. Was sent back to Hershey on Friday. He’s gonna get real familiar with that trip this season.
23. Connor Carrick Was scratched for Carolina and Columbus then shipped to Hershey on Friday with Latta. Regular playing time with the Bears is what this teenager needs right now.
24. Aaron Volpatti DNP. Healthy scratches   first five games. Someone remind me why he was kept and Perreault was sent away?
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