Tuesday Caps Clips: Red Wings @ Caps Game Day

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's battle with the Red Wings from Vogs, Peerless, FFODC, RtR, Detroit Free Press and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Winging It In Motown for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • To refresh your memory, tonight's game is a rematch of a 3-2 Wings win back in Detroit in October.
  • The Caps see the Wings as a model franchise. Rest assured that the other 28 teams do as well. [WaPo]
  • Under-discussed in building winning franchises is chemistry, and the Caps have it. [Cap Centre]
  • Really interesting stuff on goal support and the netminders who get (and don't get) it by the bushel. Jose Theodore, for example, gets the most goal support in the League - 3.79 goals per start - and has an "expected" win percentage of 70.9% as a result. I don't need to tell you that he hasn't met those expectations. [Puck Prospectus]
  • Speaking of goalies, when can we expect Semyon Varlamov to return, Coach Boudreau? "[B]eginning of February is my guess." Ouch. [@WashCapsExam]
  • And speaking of Gabby, he takes a moment to respond to Don Cherry's latest silliness. [Capitals Outsider]
  • Alex Ovechkin on his Sunday afternoon penalty shot and Ray Emery. [RMNB]
  • "Points are good, Dad, but it is no longer important. We must win the Stanley Cup." - Captain Caveman. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • AO rips his 2006 Turin Olympic squad and sounds ready to go for Vancouver. [Russia Today]
  • Mike Green is "struggling" to get over his Olympic snub. If he continues to struggle with 11 points in every nine games going forward, he and the Caps will be fine. [CTV]
  • With each of the past two season's Stanley Cup finalists on the slate over the next three days, the Caps have their work cut out for them this week. [FanHouse]
  • Still more Jeff Schultz love. [D.C. Landing Strip]
  • Fresh power rankings are out, with the Caps holding at second at The Hockey News and CBS Sports and up one to fourth at ESPN.
  • In case you missed it late last week, The Boss gave "The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes" the seal of approval. [Ted's Take]
  • Speaking of LaVar and Chad, check out my spot on their show from Friday afternoon, in which I misspeak and say "bag of worms" (do yourself a favor and never Google that), but do alright otherwise. [106.7 the Fan (audio)]
  • A quick civics lesson for Virginians. [OFB]
  • Blogging on the mainstream media's coverage of bloggers' coverage with respect to mainstream media. Got it? [OFB, Peerless]
  • No hat tricks, no hats? [NHL.com]
  • Alexandre Giroux and Keith Aucoin as opponents. [CP]
  • More on the AHL skills competition, which John Carlson was able to attend. [Patriot-News, AHL]
  • Bear tracks! [LDN]
  • Dmitri Orlov is the third-ranked drafted Russian defense prospect still in Russia. [Hockey's Future]
  • Finally, happy 44th birthday to Sylvain Cote.
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