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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07:  Matt Bradley #22 of the Florida Panthers battles for the puck against Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on February 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: Matt Bradley #22 of the Florida Panthers battles for the puck against Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on February 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's showdown in Sunrise from Vogs, NHL.com, SB Nation DC, Peerless and RMNB, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Litter Box Cats for more coverage from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Report, McPhee, Hunter, Langway), WaPo, WashTimes, CRtC]
    • Full Metal Hockey: The rock star and the All-Star made a show of it and then made dinner plans. Good job, buddy. [WaPo, Alex Ovetjkin, CSNW]
    • "I'm George McPhee, and I approve this message." [WaPo]
    • Oh, and there is "no interest" in trading Mike Knuble. [WaPo]
    • Ovi laughed off the remarks made by Olie Kolzig, but probably in that "Late Night Filings" kind of way. [WashTimes, CSNW]
    • In the best news of the whole month of February 2012, Mike Green practiced fully for the second straight game, will travel with the team, and may even get into a game. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • Brooks Laich on the pressures of an unexpected season and unmet expectations. [WaPo]
  • And no, it wasn't meant to be like this. But here we are all the same. [106.7 The Fan]
  • Trade deadline decisions hinge on Nick Backstrom's health. [CSNW]
  • Speaking of hinges, this four-game roadie could be pivotal. [WashTimes]
  • Troy Brouwer is finding his place with the Caps. [DSP]
  • This ain't your grandfather's DeMatha hockey team. [gazette.net]
  • Hey, the Caps have fans who have friends in high places. [New Brunswick Patch]
  • #zaching like nobody's watching. Or maybe like everyone is. [@karlalzner, @johncarlson74, Glittarazzi]
  • Ovi in bowling shoes? Ovi in bowling shoes... [@Piratical_Turk]
  • ... while focused Brooks is focused. And squeezing that stick just a bit tight ... [@Piratical_Turk]
  • ... and here's bunch more awesome pix from the Caps' STH bowling party. [Piratical Photography]
  • GreenLife52 knows it's 9:30 somewhere. [930 Club]
  • The Secretary of Defense has been appointed to an Ambassadorship. You may address him as "Your Excellency." [Dump 'n' Chase, Frankovic, CSNW (video)]
  • Smells like STH spirit. [Caps Outsider, BrooksLaichYear]
  • Attention, QMJHL (et LHJMQ) - Stanislav Galiev has returned. Stanislav Galiev a retourné. Consider yourselves warned. Considérez-vous avertis. [The Q Spot]
  • Hmm. The Caps have done well with German goaltenders, yes? Oh hai there Philipp Grubauer. [KOL]
  • Finally, happy 55th birthday to Archie Henderson.

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