Super Sunday Caps Clips: Wings @ Caps Game Day

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Chinatown ushers in The Year of the Horse as the Caps wrap up their home-and-home series with the Red Wings.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Reminder: The puck drops at 12:30pm or thereabouts for this nationally televised Super Sunday game. [NHL on NBC]
  • Also, here's your gameday traffic advisory: The Chinese New Year festival kicks off at 12pm today, with multiple street closures around the Verizon Center for the parade and other activities. The parade itself will run from 2:00 - 5:30pm. [MPD, Chinatown Cultural Center]
  • Previews of the home-and-home rematch with the Wings from Vogs, NHL.com, AP and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Winging It In Motown for the other side of today's matchup.
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Saturday's practice brought the welcome news that Mike Green was on the ice and expected to play tonight. Go get 'em, Greener. [WaPo, CSNW, PHT]
  • Less welcome news was that Brooks Laich was not on the ice, but hey, we talking 'bout practice. Presumably he's a game-time decision. [WaPo]
  • A few leftover thoughts on Friday's loss. Related: Selfishvechkin's game-tying goal has been credited to Joel Ward. The captain loses a goal and gains an assist. Adjust your narratives accordingly. [WaPo, WIIM]
  • In Green's absence, the heavy minutes and special-teams duties are shifted to John Carlson 's sturdy legs and shoulders. [CSNW]
  • "Every year the hockey community gets a little closer to realizing that plus/minus is not telling us what we think it's telling us. Eventually we're going to stop paying much attention to it and start recognizing it for what it is. Unfortunately, this is not going to be that year." [SB Nation]
  • Will the month of February really define Alex Ovechkin's career? Y'know, it just might. [NHL.com]
  • The Hershey Bears' 6-game win streak came to an end as they fell 4-1 to Adirondack. [Patriot-News]
  • Obligatory: The Caps make their Super Bowl picks. [CSNW]
  • And finally, happy 37th birthday to Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, happy 47th to Arturs Irbe, and happy 54th to Lee Norwood.

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