Wednesday Caps Clips: Caps vs. Sens Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing tonight's visit from the other Nation's Capital, more on the Erat trade request and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Thanksgiving Eve tussle with the Senators from VogsNHL.com, Peerless, Puck Buddys, APOttawa SunSens Extra, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Silver Seven.
    • Many congrats to Craig "Woody" Leydig, Caps' assistant equipment manager, who worked his 2000th game Saturday night and will be honored at tonight's game. [WaPo (with video)]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Checking in with coach and players out at Kettler yesterday. [Monumental video (OatesOvechkinHoltbyRinkside Update/Schmidt)]
  • More talk about Martin Erat's trade request, including potential destinations for the unhappy winger. [WaPoCSNWESPN]
  • Until that destination is found, though, it remains status quo for player and team - and for player and teammates, who understand this is the nature of the business. [WaPo (and again), CSNW]
  • Speaking of Erat and trades, Michael Latta, who was initially seen as a throw-in on that deadline deal is aiming to be much more than that for the Caps. [Pressbox DC]
  • And might tonight's opponent be a potential destination for Mr. Erat? [Silver Sens]
  • Looking at some recent stats, as Braden Holtby nears his 3000th shot faced, a significant goaltending milestone... [Capitals Voice]
  • ...and why him reaching that milestone sooner rather than later probably doesn't bode well for his team. And other happy fun stats. [Rink]
  • Meanwhile, Holtby's performance has him on the radar for Team Canada in February. Or at least has people talking about how he should be on the radar. [Sportsnet]
  • The Caps' penalty kill has been pretty good so far this season... but is it championship caliber? [WaPo]
  • On the flip side, the power play has lost a bit of its luster of later, in part because opponents are starting to simply shadow Alex Ovechkin. [CSNW]
  • If you were wondering about Dmitry Orlov's yo-yo impression of late, well... there may be a reason he keeps making the trek between Hershey and Washington. [WaPo]
  • Last week's loss to the Penguins on national TV wasn't the first time they've crumbled under the pressure of an intensified spotlight. [Yahoo!]
  • Fantasy hockey aficionados give thanks for one Alex Ovechkin and his spectacular shooting ability this weekend. We, of course, give thanks for him always. [Yahoo!]
  • Oddly enough, losing three straight doesn't help you climb the rankings. Hey, Caps, you're going the wrong way! [SI.com]
  • Down on the farm:
    • The Hershey Bears will get a visit from a familiar face this weekend as former Bear Andrew Gordon returns to PA. [Patriot-NewsTHW]
    • After an unimpressive season last year, Stan Galiev is off to a hot start this time around - and has earned himself a callup to Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • Pretty cool teaser video for Ovechkin's Nike Olympic campaign. Get it? Cool? We'll be here all week. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 55th birthday to Al Jensen.

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