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Friday Caps Clips: Caps @ Canucks Game Day

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's rare visit to Vancouver from Vogs, CSN Washington, the CP, and, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Nucks Misconduct for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • The Caps are 5-2-1 all-time in Vancouver on Fridays and won their only Friday road match-up between the teams in December (back in 1979), so they're pretty much a lock tonight.
  • Alex Ovechkin is an absolute rock star in Vancouver. [, and again]
  • He's also "hockey's most exciting and engaging player" (narrowly edging out Jeff Schultz for those honors). [Vancouver Sun]
  • The Canucks are ready for the challenge of stopping him (Ovechkin, not Schultz, whom they know better than to think they can stop. [, and again]
  • David Koci walks. Ridiculous. [FanShot]
  • One thought on how to prevent the next cheapshot: don't put yourself in a position to be cheap-shotted. [Ed Frankovic's Blog]
  • Really nice piece on Brendan Morrison's comeback season. [TSN (video), h/t @nateewell]
  • Despite the infrequency with which the Caps play there, Vancouver is familiar turf for many in the organization. [Washingotn Times]
  • Read yesterday's news today at the Washington Post. If you don't get it... eh. [WaPo]
  • SI's Pictures of the Year feature contains an entry featuring the Caps (and no, it's not this one). [SI]
  • Several Caps talk rookie dinner. [Caps365 (video)]
  • Tim Gleason on AO: "I hit him so hard, but it didn’t really move him. He’s a solid human being." [Canes Country]
  • If it's possible for both teams to lose a trade, the Caps and Pens sure did with the Jaromir Jagr deal. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of trades, Corey has thrown together a shopping list. [In The Room]
  • One more trade-related note: the Caps aren't about to trade the problem contract they just got out from under for someone else's problem contract. [Hockey Or Die!]
  • Not sure how I missed this one, but as of a week ago, Mike Green was Canada's top-rated blueliner... [CTV]
  • ... and as of this week, Nicklas Backstrom is the game's third-rated pivot. [CTV]
  • Worried about how participating in the Olympics might impact a player's NHL production thereafter? Don't be. [Behind the Net]
  • Alexandre Giroux vs. Mike Duco II: American League style. [Patriot-News]
  • John Carlson's still getting rave reviews in Hershey. [John Walton Hockey]
  • Dmitri Orlov and Dmitry Kugryshev have both made Russia's WJC squad. [Russian Hockey Fans]
  • Finally, happy 37th birthday to Jeff Nelson, happy 58th to Bernie Wolfe, and happy 64th to Jean Pronovost.