Saturday Caps Clips: Caps @ Sabres Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's tilt with the Sabres, George McPhee gets chatty, the upcoming trade deadline and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's duel with the Sabres from Vogs, NHL.com, AP and RMNB (via the PuckBuddys), and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Die by the Blade for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Eric Fehr skates, Alex Ovechkin leaves early and more from yesterday's practice out at Kettler. [Monumental video (Oates, Alzner), WaPo, DSP]
  • GM George McPhee made the media rounds yesterday, talking about a range of topics - Filip Forsberg and Evgeny Kuznetsov, his captain, the team's injury bug, the trade deadline and more. [Monumental video, Dump 'n Chase, CSNW (Part 1, Part 2), RMNB]
  • Playing it safe on the trade market can have its risks and its rewards... [Capitals Outsider]
  • ...but making a splash - like the one the Penguins have made - doesn't guarantee success, either, something the Caps know all too well. [WashTimes]
  • The Caps are ready to hit the road for three big games away from Verizon Center, a trip that could have big implications in the playoff race (and in GMGM's decision-making next Wednesday). [WaPo]
  • And as they hit the road, the team has one goal in mind: put some distance between themselves and the rapidly tightening group of teams fighting for the final playoff spots. [WashTimes]
  • Meanwhile Michal Neuvirth waits patiently in the wings for his shot at a net that has been pretty well occupied by Braden Holtby of late. [CSNW]
  • The Caps may be leaning a little too heavily on the hope that Forsberg or Kuznetsov (or both) will turn into what the team needs them to be. [Peerless]
  • Always nice - or painful - to see the Caps show up in a video compilation of the season's best bloopers. Twice. [NHL.com]
  • After two visor breaks in three years, Mathieu Perreault's got new eye protection and it ain't Bauer. [WashTimes]
  • Finally, happy 60th birthday to Dennis Ververgaert, happy 42nd to Jamie Heward and pour one out for Doug Wickenheiser, who would have been 52 today.
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