Friday Caps Clips: Back to Work, Back to Health

Rob Carr

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps are back on the ice and Backstrom is ready to go as the team prepares for a busy weekend.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Peerless sits at the end of the (Caps) bar and examines the team's speckled shootout history. [Rink]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (OatesBackstromAlznerLaich)]
    • After some cross-country flying, a shootout loss and a day off, Adam Oates put his team through their paces with a tough skate. [CSNW]
    • Among those taking part in said tough skate were Nicklas Backstrom, who is good to go for tomorrow after absorbing a heavy hit Tuesday night... [WaPoCSNW (and again), Pressbox DC]
    • ...while Brooks Laich skated for the first time since undergoing his procedure ten days ago and has been freed from the shackles of pain. [WaPoCSNW]
    • Get out the plastic combs and smile pretty, boys - it's picture day! [Monumental videoCaps OT]
  • John Carlson chats about officially being off the market. Sorry, ladies. [WMZQ]
  • Looking at hockey analytics and what they could mean for the Caps. [Talk the Red]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov's six points in six games have him on the fantasy hockey hot list. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of Kuznetsov, if #35 in the latest set of Clyde's awesome pics doesn't make you smile, you may be a robot. [Rink]
  • Checking in on Chocolatetown:
    • Hershey fans were rooting for the Baby Pens on Wednesday, Caps fans will be rooting for the Flyers and Pens tonight...we may never be clean. [Patriot-News]
    • Scary moment for Philipp Grubauer at practice yesterday, when an errant stick got through his goalie mask, cutting him near his left eye. [Patriot-News]
  • Alex Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Maria Kirilenko, former NBA player Gheorge Muresan, Ted Leonsis and Wale all hung out at the Wizards game on Wednesday because of course they did. [WaPo (and again), Ted's Take]
  • "Nothing builds solidarity in a community like winning sports teams." Someday it would be nice to find out if that's true, wouldn't it? [LinkedIn (Leonsis)]
  • "Carly and Alzy" hang with fans. [Caps Outsider]
  • The NCAA's Frozen Four tournament kicks off today, and a couple of former collegiate players put those college brains to work as they filled out their brackets. [Caps OT]
  • Barrie, Ontario will play host to this year's Hockey Helps the Homeless tournament, featuring several former NHLers - including ex-Cap Mike Gartner. [Barrie Examiner]
  • Finally, happy 41st birthday to Jan Benda, and happy 55th to Loooooouuuuuu Franceschetti.
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