Saturday Caps Clips: Caps @ Wild Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's inter-conference matchup in the State of Hockey, the goaltending carousel continues and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's visit to the State of Hockey from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, the Star Tribune, and be sure to check in with our SB Nation pals over at Hockey Wilderness for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • As we kick off 2014, there's still time for a little nostalgia - check out what we humbly present as some of our best work (or at least some of our favorites) from 2013. [Rink]
  • And more tales of long, long ago (or at least the last 365 days) from Peerless and friends. [Rink]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday's overtime loss to Carolina. [WaPo, Shutdown Line, Canes Country]
    • A closer look at a moment that mattered - a lot - in that loss, the overtime game-winner from Jeff Skinner. [RMNB]
  • News and notes from an end-of-the-week practice out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Oates, Holtby, Brouwer, Alzner, Rinkside Update/Johansson)]
    • The Caps have given up a goal within 2:30 of scoring their own 22 times this season. Twenty. Two. Times. At this point, "epidemic" might actually be an understatement. [NBC4]
    • Adam Oates is hoping that his refurbished top-six forwards will provide a bit more scoring balance. [RMNB]
  • The Caps are officially halfway through their season, and they remain about halfway to where they want to be as a team. At least. [WaPo, CSNW, RtR, DSP]
  • Speaking of not being where one wants to be, a look at Mike Green's struggles so far this season. [Caps Outsider]
  • Today, in Days of our Goaltenders...
    • Braden Holtby may be warming the bench more often than not these days, but he's determined to improve while he waits his turn. [WaPo]
    • What's to become of recent healthy scratch and perpetual odd-man out, Michal Neuvirth? (And other pressing Caps' questions.) [CSNW]
    • The Voice of the Caps, John Walton, checks in and chats about the problems with the Caps' crowded crease [WNST]
    • It's not just affecting the big club - this goalie thing is trickling down throughout the organization, as the Bears are having to lean heavily on David Leggio... [Patriot-News]
    • ...and have had to call up Riley Gill from Reading, who was spectacular in a 1-0 loss last night to Adirondack. [Patriot-News]
  • Team USA coach Dan Bylsma is hoping the team's mix of speed and strong defense will help them on their quest for gold - lucky for them, John Carlson brings both to the table. [AP]
  • Meanwhile, here's a good breakdown of the making of Team Canada, where a couple of Caps are still potentially on the bubble. [EotP]
  • Turning a Braden Holtby jersey into a dress may actually get you more action now than the guy whose name is on the jersey. [Puck Daddy]
  • Finally, Jay Beagle meet Jay Bobblehead. [Monumental video, WaPo, Caps Outsider]

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