Tuesday Caps Clips: Caps @ Canes Game Day

James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's wrangle in Raleigh, deadlines schmedlines, and why you might want to duck the next time Ovi winds up his slapshot.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of the wrangle in Raleigh from Vogs, NHL.com, RMNB and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Canes Country for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler somewhere in or near Raleigh:
    • None really, as the team was granted a full day off. [CSNW]
    • Having completed the team's season series of awkward losses at Wells Fargo Center, the Caps announced that Philipp Grubauer has been reassigned to Hershey. Auf wiedersehen, Gru. [Patriot-News]
  • "You can tell he's reaching his top players." [CSNW]
  • Alex Ovechkin has a JATO-powered slapshot. Just ask Ilya Bryzgalov. [Alex Ovetjkin, Broad Street Hockey]
  • The trade deadline is nigh:
    • Behold, the grand masters of the Dark Arts of Capology gather ... [NHL.com]
    • ... probably for naught, as everybody knows that nothing is going to happen anyway ... [WaPo]
    • ... but that won't stop our good friends from hosting a 4-hour livestream event on Wednesday afternoon ... [@WashCaps]
    • ... but you can't tell the players without a program. [WashTimes]
    • ... and pertinent to tonight's game, Jamie McBain can dangle. [PHT]
    • Oh, and of course there's La Question de Mike Ribeiro. [dcsportsdork]
  • The Reading Royals submitted their 23-man playoff roster to ECHL HQ yesterday. Stanislav Galiev appears to have made the team. Of note, both Brandon Anderson and Sergey Kostenko are done for the season with injuries. [Reading Eagle]
  • It would be awesome for Filip Forsberg to pack up his gear and come to DC, yes? Not so fast, sez Leksands' GM Tommy Salo ... [RMNB]
  • ... whose position on Forsberg seems to have differed from that of LIF head coach Andreas Appelgren since last summer when he pledged to work closely with Washington to get his young centerman ready for the NHL. [dt.se, via GoogleSvensk]
  • Finally, we want to wish John Walton the very happiest of happy birthdays.
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