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Thursday Caps Clips: Caps @ Pens Game Day

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  • Previews of tonight's promenade with the Penguins from Vogs, NHL.com (Hunter), Peerless, RMNB, CRtC and RtR, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner PensBurgh for more coverage from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Did someone call for a rivalry? And a fine one it is, too. [WaPo (don't-miss photo gallery), DCEx (McNally, and again), SB Nation DC (Vingan), KOL (Vingan), Towerlight (Schwartz), Pittsburgh Tribune (Rossi)]
  • But injury and the passage of time may be dialing down the Sid and Ovi Show. [WashTimes (Daly)]
  • For a few minutes of one game only, the on-ice rivalry will be set aside as the Capitals and Penguins join together to honor Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the KHL team lost this September to a terrible plane crash. Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin will participate in a ceremonial faceoff, and the game-worn jerseys for both teams with special Loko commemorative patch will be sold at auction on NHL.com. [NHL.com (Robinson)]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's practice. [Caps365 video (Kettler Report, Boudreau and players), RtR, DSP]
    • Just as we thought we had Thursday's goaltending situation all figured out, along came word that Michal Neuvirth wasn't on the ice for practice. Oh boy. [CI (Carrera), CW (Whyno, and again), DCEx (McNally, and again), CSNW (Gormley, and again), SBN-DC (Vingan)]
    • Tomas Vokoun stands ready to play... [CI (Carrera), Sick, Unbelievable]
    • ... and Caps' PR director Sergey Kocharov is ready to stand in for a missing netminder at practice. [DCEx (McNally)]
    • Troy Brouwer might be getting another look tonight on the top line. [CW (Whyno)]
  • Coach Boudreau needs more from his 1L, and said so to the media... [CI (Carrera), CW (Whyno), CSNW (Gormley), PHT, Alex Ovetjkin]
  • ... it's all part of the New Accountability ... [ESPN (LeBrun), Daily Caller (McErlain)]
  • ... but are they correcting for an overcorrection? [The Hockey Writers (Dowd)]
  • Taking stock, two games in. [Puck 'N Hockey]
  • Project Mayhem. Don't you love it when a plan comes together? [Inside Hockey (Passero)]
  • Can this year's penalty kill replicate last year's success? (We're not asking, we're begging.) [OFB]
  • Tempering the Jason Chimera euphoria.  [Smoke Degrees]
  • Dennis Wideman, fantasy shooting star. [ESPN (Matiash)]
  • Brooks Laich did a radio hit on The Sports Junkies. [106.7 The Fan (audio)]
  • Road trippin' it - the first away game of a new season ... [Dump'n'Chase, Caps Overtime]
  • ... and the best and worst of road roomies. [Caps365 (video), SteinBog]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to Paul Cavallini.

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