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Wednesday Caps Clips: Oilers @ Caps Game Day

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's entanglement with Edmonton from Vogs, NHL.com (Compton), PeerlessRtR, WC2010 and CRtC, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner, the always-spectacular Copper & Blue, for more coverage from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Notes and other assorted whatnot from yesterday's (very optional) practice. [Caps365 (video), DCEx (McNally), CI (Carrera)]
  • The Caps aren't dwelling on first place. [CI (Carrera)]
  • How do you stop Mike Green? Hit him. [WaPo (Carrera)]
  • If things keep goin' the way they've been goin', get ready for a first round matchup with... Tampa. [NHL.com (Masisak)]
  • Speaking of the Lightning, some writer for the St. Pete Times who thinks the Lightning have the least-supportive fans in hockey is mad at Bruce Boudreau for saying mean things about the Bolts' golden boy (but tacitly endorses the criticism of Steve Downie). [TampaBay.com]
  • Remember when the Caps used to get offensive contributions from the blueline? That was pretty sweet. [Insider2]
  • Maybe Dennis Wideman can pick up some of that slack (he's already doing it elsewhere). [KOL]
  • Will winning ugly through March pay dividends in April and beyond? [Examiner (Hoffman)]
  • The team is raising ticket prices again, and now have different prices for seats in the "attacking" (if you can call it that... zing!) and "defending" ends. [WaPo (Steinz, also at D.C. Sports Bog), Box Seats]
  • Have the Caps been playing possum? [ESPN (Burnside/LeBrun)]
  • The early returns on GMGM's deadline moves are positive. [CBSSports.com]
  • A roundup of yesterday's radio hits:
    • Braden Holtby on Lavar and Dukes... [106.7 The Fan (audio)]]
    • ... Marcus Johansson on NHL Live!... [NHL Live! (audio)]
    • ... and l'il ol' me on Lavar and Dukes. [106.7 The Fan (audio)]
  • Alex Ovechkin is set to make a dream come true (hopefully the first of many over the next few months)... [Hockey Mom]
  • ... and probably has already fulfilled Steinz's one of fantasies by returning to Twitter. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • AO: quality over quantity? [Preds On The Glass]
  • And while we're talking highlight reel goals, here's the best of Ovi from the past week. [CSN Washington (video)]
  • Everything you need to know about tomorrow's Congressional Hockey Challenge. [CHC, Capitals]
  • Finally, happy 47th birthday to Phil Housley.

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