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BOSTON MA - DECEMBER 18:  Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins looks to take a shot as Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals on December 18 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON MA - DECEMBER 18: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins looks to take a shot as Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals on December 18 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The 2012 Washington Capitals Playoff Guide is now available and full of great nuggets that we'll likely steal for Noon Numbers. [Capitals (PDF)]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • And from the Boston side of things:
      • Notes from practice. [CSNNE]
      • The marquee match-up: Zdeno Chara (and Dennis Seidenberg) vs. Alex Ovechkin. [NHL.com, CSNNE, NESN]
      • Special teams play will be key. [The Republican, BHerald]
      • Tyler Seguin knows a lot is expected of him now. [NEHJ, ESPN Boston, BHerald]
      • Rich Peverley owns is back, and that's bad news for opponents. [CSNNE]
      • From most of what you read, the B's will have a harder time guarding against over-confidence than actually, y'know, beating the Caps. [CSNNE]
      • Can we keep politics out of this? Yes? No? Maybe? [Puck Daddy, CSNNE]
      • Milan Lucic is looking forward to a long run. [BHerald]
      • We'll keep this image in our back pockets for now. [NESN]
    • Hit the road, Caps (and please come back with a win or two). [WashTimes, Capitals Overtime]
    • Humility suits the Caps well. [DCEx]
    • Is the Caps' best yet to come? [Frankovic]
    • Braden Holtby at 100/1 for Conn Smythe? Hmm. [Puck Daddy]
    • Make that "confident Braden Holtby." [WaPo, with more on Holtby at HomerMcFanboy]
    • The Bruins are so deep that James Cameron is designing a special sub to take a closer look. [WashTimes]
    • A look at the series' forwards. [SCoC]
    • How the Caps will win! And how the Bruins will win. And what could go wrong for both teams. Bases? Covered. [SI]
    • Contrary to what you might have thought, having the regular season edge in head-to-head match-ups might mean more than nothing. [WaPo, with a look back at that season series at RtR]
    • Breaking down the match-up. [SB Nation]
    • In case you forgot, Ovi's aggregate scoring numbers in the playoffs are a little bit good. [Sick, Unbelieveable]
    • How to beat Tim Thomas (spoiler alert: get pucks on net with traffic). [RMNB]
    • When shot-blocking goes bad. [Sick, Unbeleivable, with a bit more on another real-time stat here]
    • Getting inside the coaches' craniums. [Capitals 101]
    • This chess match might be better if the Caps had their <puts on sunglasses> Czech mates. [Hockey Hourly]
    • Ready? Draw! [RtR]
    • Would the Rangers have been a better draw for the Caps? Locker thinks so. [106.7 The Fan]
    • The "Keith Aucoin is from Massachusetts" angle. [Capital Games]
    • Misty water-color memories. [NESN]
    • Predictions:
    • Behind the Caps' playoff opening videos. [DC Sports Bog]
    • All the jokes you'd expect and then some. [Down Goes Brown]
    • It would have been nice if Colorado sucked a little more this season, but the Caps will have to make do with the 11th pick in the draft. [WashTimes, CSNW, SB Nation DC, with a reflection on The Great Screw Job of '05 at OFB]
    • Notes from Tuesday's Bears practice. [Patriot-News (with more on the Bears' use of amateur tryout contracts here]
    • Finally, happy 34th birthday to Ben Clymer, happy 42nd birthday to Trevor Linden, and happy 51st birthday to Ron Jones.
    • Oh, and pledge something - anything - for my beard. Do it. For the children. (And here are some other close-to-home options if you're feeling charitable.)

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