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  • Previews of tonight's Southeast Division match-up between the Caps and Keith "Sunrise Swinger" Ballard and the Kitties from NHL.com and Peerless and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner (and one of the hardest working blogs in blogbiz) Litter Box Cats for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • If you're going to the game tonight, might I suggest a "Free Alex" sign?
  • Whomever's in goal for the Caps tonight... beware. [FanHouse]
  • "NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell didn't find it difficult to suspend [Alex] Ovechkin" with the Caps facing his son's team next with the Caps not scheduled to be on national television any time soon. [NHL.com]
  • But A.O. ain't changin'. And he's mad. You wouldn't like him when he's mad. Unless you're a Caps fan, in which case you'll probably love him when he's mad. [Capitals Insider]
  • More thoughts on the suspension and the way he plays the game from The Washington Times, Dan Daly, Ed Frankovic, The ExaminerElliotte Friedman, the Pittsburgh Penguins (as if you care what they think), the late Johnny Cash (wait, what?), and Ted Leonsis.
  • Great stuff on Eric Fehr, including the secret to his offensive surge: switching to A.O.'s sticks (we're still awaiting confirmation as to whether Tomas Fleischmann has been using John Erskine's twigs). [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • James van Riemsdyk's four goals and nine points in 12 games earned him Rookie of the Month honors for November, because apparently that's more impressive than Semyon Varlamov's 5-1-2/1.85/.936 month... [NHL.com]
  • ... even though Varly was the most clutch goalie in the League - rookie or veteran - in November. [USA Today]
  • Caps prospect Dmitri Kugryshev is currently in the top 10 in the QMJHL in assists, and his favorite player is... Alexander Semin. [FanShot]
  • "Washington Capitals prospects Stefan Della Rovere and Cody Eakin have been invited to attend the 2010 Canadian National Junior Team Selection Camp, Hockey Canada announced today, while a third Capitals prospect, John Carlson, has been named to the preliminary roster for the 2010 U.S. Junior National Team, USA Hockey announced today." Go get 'em, boys. [Press Release]
  • Junior Seau talks pucks. Sorta. [Puck Daddy]
  • Sticking with football, the Caps have a fan in Philly. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • Part of me thinks this is a little bit awesome. That part isn't allowed to blog. [eBay via First Cuts]
  • The Washington Times is "reducing staff by at least 40%. Sports likely to be gone, though nothing official." This is simply terrible news for Caps fans. Not sure what else to say. [@TimLemkeTWT]