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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's battle in Alberta, Alex Ovechkin continues to roll and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of the Caps' visit to Edmonton from Vogs, NHL.com and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Copper & Blue for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • News and notes from a practice day up in Edmonton [Monumental video (Oates, Ovechkin, Holtby, Chimera, Rinkside Update/Johansson), Caps Overtime (Ovi signing autographs, Caps on ice)]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday's shootout win:
    • In general. [WaPo, Capitals Hill, WNST]
    • Braden Holtby was pretty vocal after Tuesday's game - and certainly had a right to be, after facing down 47 shots through 65 minutes. [CSNW]
    • The Great 8 picked up his 8th goal of the season on a breakaway that seemed to twist Ondrej Pavelec up in knots... [Caps Overtime]
    • ...and followed it up with his 9th on a play that has become pretty familiar to Caps fans, and yet is always worth a second look. [Rink]
    • And because it wasn't all sunshine and roses Tuesday night, breaking down a play that was far too casual and mattered for all the wrong reasons. [Rink, Cover The Puck]
    • Winnipeg fans? Booing? Winnipeg Jets fans?? Unpossible. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Special teams, Holtby's bounceback, Green's horrid night and other thoughts on the past week in Capitals hockey. [Rink]
  • You might think it would get old reading about how good Alex Ovechkin has been and continues to be... but y'know, it really doesn't. [WaPo, ESPN, Edmonton Sun, Edmonton Journal, CBC (video)]
  • Questions abound:
    • Can the Caps justify keeping Tom Wilson now that the clock has officially started on his contract? [CSNW]
    • Who do you prefer, Mike Ribeiro or Mikhail Grabovski? [CSNW]
    • If the Caps do trade Michal Neuvirth to Edmonton, who should they target as a return? [Stars and Sticks]
  • A recent outbreak of illness among the Hershey Bears has head coach Mike Haviland searching for the host monkey. [Patriot-News]
  • Ranking the prospects of each NHL team from a fantasy hockey perspective. [Dobber]
  • A look at Karl Alzner, aka the Caps' best shutdown defenseman. And that's not just because the bar is pretty low. [Bleacher Report (Vollman)]
  • Great moments in goalie goal-scoring history. Awesome, now those Ron Hextall nightmares will come back. [Grantland]
  • Acknowledging the under-reported fact that Evgeni Malkin is a dirty player sort of makes it okay that Alex Ovechkin pops up on this list, too. Almost. [SI.com]
  • Verizon Center has some flashy new decorations on it... and some new pissed-off neighbors. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Slow road trip? [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, remember those crazy (but awesome) pictures of the players with puppies? The video is even better. [Monumental video]

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