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Tuesday Caps Clips: Caps @ Avalanche Game Day

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  • Go west, young men! (And you too, Knuble.) Previews of Jose Theodore's return to Colorado from Vogs, Peerless and, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner (and another personal fave) Mile High Hockey for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • The Avs are likely to be without Milan Hejduk and Marek Svatos tonight. [@adater]
  • Avs frosh Matt Duchene is looking forward to playing against the two-time reigning MVP. [Denver Post]
  • The Caps will spend this week trying to represent the Eastern Conference, which is getting its brains beaten in in inter-Conference play. [From The Rink]
  • When the Caps get to Vancouver, they'd better be ready to try to shutdown the League's hottest line. [Orland Kurtenblog]
  • Further coverage of the Michael Nylander transfer from the WTimes, the WaPo, the WashEx and OFB.
  • "You notice when you watch games on TV, certain guys show up game in and game out and that’s the kind of guy I want to be." - Karl Alzner. [CSN Washington, with more on Alzner at Washington Examiner]
  • Being in first place is pretty sweet... and pretty rare in these parts. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • Fresh power rankings, with the Caps holding at second at Sporting News, down one to second at The Hockey News, up two (huh?) to second at ESPN, down one to seventh at CBS Sports, and down seven (look out below!) to eighth at TSN.
  • Some interesting Caps nuggets in Elliotte Friedman's weekly must-read. [CBC]
  • Bob McKenzie has Stefan Della Rovere and Cody Eakin making Team Canada for the WJCs. [TSN]
  • Eakin likes the role of checker, and has a heck of a good attitude. [Regina Leader-Post]
  • SI's All-Decade page-view generator is in full swing, and there's plenty of Alex Ovechkin all over it, including in the All-Decade Team, the decade's signature moments, the decade's signature play and most colorful player. (Surprisingly, he got edged out at SI for "biggest villain.")
  • Jeff Schultz may not hit opponents often, but when he does, they tend to be shorter than him (duh). [Behind the Net]
  • BREAKING: Ted Leonsis supports Ovechkin. [The Hockey News]
  • Speaking of The Boss, he's "more than satisfied" with Kettler Capitals Iceplex. No kidding. [Sun Gazette]
  • Caps fans know how to use the Internet. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • Boyd Gordon actually practiced yesterday. Nice. [Washington Examiner]
  • From the "It's an honor just to be nominated" file, Mike Green is not your Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year. [Edmonton Sun]
  • More Nylander-related rejoicing. [Fight For Old DC]
  • Bear Tracks! [LDN]
  • Vote or die. [NHL Arena]
  • Finally, happy 25th birthday to Kyle Wilson, who is likely to make his NHL debut tonight.