The Washington Times - October 11, 2011, 05:52PM

First of all, let’s get to the disclaimer: Power rankings don’t mean a whole lot. They’re like nonbinding resolutions - it makes sense but it doesn’t equate to real anything.

Still, the role power rankings serve is to provide some sort of idea of how outsiders view the structure of the best and worst teams. With that in mind, here’s a look at a collection of power rankings that have the Capitals easily in the top 10 teams in the NHL:


The Hockey News: 6th

 Jason Chimera leads unbeaten Caps with three goals; Ovechkin has just one assist (link)

ESPN: 6th (down from 3rd)

The challenge for coach Bruce Boudreau is to get his players focused on the here and now when all the team really wants is to start the playoffs and get a shot at redemption. (link)

CBS Sports: 6th (down from 3rd)

Ah, yes, the first goaltender controversy of the season. That is, If you want to actually call it a controversy. Michal Neuvirth picked up the win during Washington’s season opener thanks to Mike Green’s game-winning goal in overtime. Tomas Vokoun will make his Capitals debut when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second game of the season. Get used to that rotation, because both of these goalies will be playing quite a bit this season. (link)

Sports Illustrated: 8th

Aside from new goalie Tomas Vokoun looking terrible in his first game as a Cap (23 saves on 28 shots against Tampa Bay on Monday), there is nothing to worry about here. Or is there? The Caps scored 10 goals in their first two games (while allowing eight). Say this about it: this team still doesn’t lack for excitement. (link)