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Tuesday Caps Clips: Caps @ Islanders Game Day

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  • Previews of tonight's game against the Islanders from Vogs, Peerless and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Lighthouse Hockey for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • To refresh your memory, this is the fourth and final regular season meeting between the team, with the Caps winning in overtime (3-2 on The Island) and in a shootout (5-4 at home) and dropping an overtime game (4-3 at home). Sense a theme?
  • Bruce Boudreau seems to have found productive line combinations and, as a result, they've been kept intact for a while. Either that or Bruce Boudreau has kept his line combinations intact for a while and, as a result, they've been productive. [WaPo]
  • The Caps' penalty kill has been fantastic of late. [Cap Centre]
  • Sometimes you go to bed and wake up to find a fresh and fantastic interview waiting for you; Tuvan Hillbilly is the tooth fairy of translations. [Japers' Rink]
  • A Trade Deadline Playbook for the Caps. [TSN]
  • Sounds-dirty-but-isn't quote of the day: "It looks like a bent sausage." [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • A former Cap and a few yahoos debate whether or not it was a mistake to leave Mike Green off Team Canada. [TSN (video)]
  • A somewhat related anecdote about a young Tom Poti. [Lowetide]
  • A bunch of words and the best Jeff Schultz picture ever. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • More from Casino Night. [RMNB]
  • Jonathan Willis makes the point that Sidney Crosby is on the ice for a higher percentage of faceoffs in the defensive zone than Alex Ovechkin, implying that this means that Crosby is the more trustworthy defensive player. I'd be more inclined to buy that if AO was a center, but given that Nicklas Backstrom - Ovi's pivot - is at best the Caps' third-best faceoff option while Crosby is the Pens' best draw man, using this stat to make the implication that's made is dubious at best. [Hockey or Die]
  • Fresh power rankings are out, with the Caps up one to first at CBSSports, up two to first at Sporting News, up three to first at the L.A. Times, holding at second at The Hockey News and up two to second at CBC.
  • More Eric Fehr love, this in interview form. [CSN Washington]
  • Hmm... I'm pretty sure this cake #needsmorebradley. [TwitPic]
  • Caps jerseys are selling pretty well. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • "[I]t is difficult to imagine any hockey player in the AHL who has earned a shot -- not just a short stint but a legitimate shot -- at the big time more than [Alexandre] Giroux." Life, it seems, is unfair. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • Bear Tracks! [LDN]
  • Catching up with a former Caps and Bears goalie (no, not Freddy Cassivi). [Stack the Pads]
  • Finally, per the HHoF, on this date back in 2003, "Peter Bondra scored to give him 20 goals for the 12th straight year, and defenseman Sergei Gonchar added a goal and three assists as the Capitals produced five power-play goals for a 7-2 win over the visiting New York Rangers."