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Thursday Caps Clips: Rangers @ Caps Gameday

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's game from Vogs, NHL.com, Peerless, CapsChick and Cap Centre, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Blueshirt Banter and Scotty Hockey for pregame coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • For those of you sitting behind the visitors bench tonight, remember - you're in the splash zone. Dress accordingly.
  • Bruce Boudreau is making an early example out of a couple of veteran blueliners: accountability, every night (quote that didn't make the story: "They had a great seat to watch. That’s in the end what they were doing is watching everything."). Too much, too early? [Washington Times]
  • On Alex Ovechkin's white-hot start. [Washington Post]
  • Few things make me happier than Allan Ryder's annual NHL Review. Reading it is like walking into Cheers. [HockeyAnalytics.com (PDF)]
  • Boyd Kane was reassigned to Hershey yesterday. Good move for both the Caps and the Bears. [The Patriot-News]
  • The Caps are still a relatively cheap ticket. [Slap Shot Blog]
  • AO got more first place votes than any other player in The Sporting News' "50 greatest players in today’s NHL" list, but when Nicklas Backstrom doesn't even make the esteemed panel's list, you can pretty much send it straight to the circular file. [Penguins]
  • More 50-in-50 talk and a couple of other notes from yesterday's practice. [Washington Times]
  • Pictures from yesterday's practice. [Caps In Pictures]
  • Can the Caps' top line be one of hockey's best... ever? Don't they need a bad ass nickname (The SOB Line?) first? [OFB]
  • D.C. has dropped out of the top ten sports town in the nation, despite the Caps' best efforts. Thanks, Danny. [Washington Business Journal]
  • This whole "dynasty" thing has strayed a bit from the initial point we were trying to make, but it's always good to know you have smart and witty people who've got your back. [VFtCS]
  • A call to arms for putting the Patrick Division band back together. [Two in the Box]
  • We've seen plenty of Caps season previews, but here's a look ahead at the Bears' 2009-10 season. [Hockey's Future]
  • Since I was a wee lad, whenever I'd think of Smokin' Al Koken (yes, "Smokin'" gets bolded), I'd think to myself, "Now there's a dude from whom I'd buy windows." This is, quite simply, an endorsement deal struck from the dreams of children. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • On this date back in 1997, Adam Oates had a hat trick and added two helpers to hit the 1,000-point mark in style in a 6-3 win over the Isles.
  • Finally, happy 50th birthday to former Cap John Blum.