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Saturday Caps Clips: Caps @ Blue Jackets Game Day

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  • Don't forget: Japers' Rink Radio comes at you live at 9:30 this morning with special guest Brett Leonhardt. Not to be missed.
  • Previews of tonight's game against the Blue Jackets from Vogs, Peerless and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner The Cannon for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • To refresh your memory, this is the second of two meetings on the season between the Caps and Jackets, with C'Bus taking the first game 5-4 in OT and injuring Alex Ovechkin in the process.
  • Notes from Friday's practice. [CI, DCEx]
  • Jason Chimera talks about facing his former team... [WaPo, CI, Columbus Dispatch]
  • ... while Chris Clark no doubt wishes he had the chance to do the same. [CI]
  • On Matt Bradley's Thursday night game-winner. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • It sounds an awful lot like Ted Leonsis is guaranteeing a Cup within the next three seasons. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • I can't remember the last time I read a column that demonstrated a shallower understanding of its subject matter than this. [WaPo]
  • Someone in Detroit has a major Caps crush (inspired Selke pick, by the way). [The Detroit News]
  • "Chances are the Washington Capitals would still be where they are even if Alex Ovechkin didn't do what he did." Orly? [CBSSports.com]
  • Mike Green is hungry (but in a good way). [NHL.com]
  • Is Green the Norris front-runner? (Bonus: Jeff Schultz love!) [The Hockey News]
  • Viktor Kozlov calls Bruce Boudreau "a genius at attacking and defending the neutral zone." I wonder what Bruce calls Kozzy. [CBC]
  • I'd have expected Nicklas Backstrom to be on the ice more often following opponents' icings. Huh. [BtN]
  • The AP thinks Semyon Varlamov has a leg up in the competition to back-up Jose Theodore. Ahh, typos. [RtR]
  • What if God Ilya Bryzgalov was one of us? [Corey Masisak]
  • Fantastically awful fan art (or is it actually brilliant and I'm just a rube with no eye for the finer things in life?). [RMNB]
  • Reactions to the Colby Armstrong suspension, in the event that it's still of interest to you at this point. [Puck Daddy, PHT]
  • Finally, per the HHoF, on this date back in 1996 "Peter Bondra scored 4 goals (including a natural hat trick in the second period), to give him 50 for the year, in the Capitals' 5-1 win, at Buffalo. Bondra became the 4th player in team history to reach the 50 goal mark." Four years to the day later, "Olaf Kolzig became the first goaltender in Washington Capitals history to get 40 wins in one season, when he picked up his 40th of the year in a 4-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers."