Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking ahead to tonight's visit to the Big Apple, looking back at Andrew Brunette's career and more.
Your savory breakfast links:
- Previews of tonight's rematch against the team that ousted the Caps last spring from Vogs, NHL.com, WaPo, Wash Times and Sick Unbelievable, and be sure to check out our SB Nation friends over at Blueshirt Banter for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
- Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's practice out at Kettler:
- In general. [Monumental Video (Oates, Carlson, Ovechkin, Brouwer)]
- Potentially bad news for an already ailing blue line, as Mike Green left practice after about fifteen minutes with what's being called a "lower-body injury" and is questionable for tonight. [WaPo, Wash Times, CSNW]
- And speaking of injuries, a very frustrated Brooks Laich talks about his ongoing absence from the lineup - and why it's necessary. [CSNW, WaPo, Monumental (video)]
- Braden Holtby is ready to return to Madison Square Garden and begin erasing the memories from his last visit. Ditto. [Wash Times]
- Meanwhile Wojtek Wolski is ready to face his old team after a less-than-memorable stint with the blueshirts. [Wash Times]
- And Eric Fehr is just ready to keep rolling and keep contributing on a nightly basis after a long road back to health. [RMNB]
- Allegedly George McPhee is "frantically" working the phones and may be willing to move Filip Forsberg and/or Evgeny Kuznetsov. Say it ain't so, George. [Ottawa Sun]
- Talks are still ongoing as to whether the NHL should send players to the Olympics; for some players, it's not even a question. [WaPo]
- Don't look now, but the Caps are on the rise... at least as far as power rankings go. [Yahoo! Sports]
- Happy Hockey Weekend Across America, everyone! [CSNW]
- As Andrew Brunette hangs 'em up, a look back at the former Capital's great career, including reflections from one-time linemate Adam Oates. [Dump 'n Chase]
- Finally, happy 56th birthday to Archie Henderson.