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Wednesday Caps Clips: Caps vs. Sens Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing tonight's visit from the other Nation's Capital, more on the Erat trade request and more.


Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Thanksgiving Eve tussle with the Senators from, Peerless, Puck Buddys, APOttawa SunSens Extra, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Silver Seven.
    • Many congrats to Craig "Woody" Leydig, Caps' assistant equipment manager, who worked his 2000th game Saturday night and will be honored at tonight's game. [WaPo (with video)]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Checking in with coach and players out at Kettler yesterday. [Monumental video (OatesOvechkinHoltbyRinkside Update/Schmidt)]
  • More talk about Martin Erat's trade request, including potential destinations for the unhappy winger. [WaPoCSNWESPN]
  • Until that destination is found, though, it remains status quo for player and team - and for player and teammates, who understand this is the nature of the business. [WaPo (and again), CSNW]
  • Speaking of Erat and trades, Michael Latta, who was initially seen as a throw-in on that deadline deal is aiming to be much more than that for the Caps. [Pressbox DC]
  • And might tonight's opponent be a potential destination for Mr. Erat? [Silver Sens]
  • Looking at some recent stats, as Braden Holtby nears his 3000th shot faced, a significant goaltending milestone... [Capitals Voice]
  • ...and why him reaching that milestone sooner rather than later probably doesn't bode well for his team. And other happy fun stats. [Rink]
  • Meanwhile, Holtby's performance has him on the radar for Team Canada in February. Or at least has people talking about how he should be on the radar. [Sportsnet]
  • The Caps' penalty kill has been pretty good so far this season... but is it championship caliber? [WaPo]
  • On the flip side, the power play has lost a bit of its luster of later, in part because opponents are starting to simply shadow Alex Ovechkin. [CSNW]
  • If you were wondering about Dmitry Orlov's yo-yo impression of late, well... there may be a reason he keeps making the trek between Hershey and Washington. [WaPo]
  • Last week's loss to the Penguins on national TV wasn't the first time they've crumbled under the pressure of an intensified spotlight. [Yahoo!]
  • Fantasy hockey aficionados give thanks for one Alex Ovechkin and his spectacular shooting ability this weekend. We, of course, give thanks for him always. [Yahoo!]
  • Oddly enough, losing three straight doesn't help you climb the rankings. Hey, Caps, you're going the wrong way! []
  • Down on the farm:
    • The Hershey Bears will get a visit from a familiar face this weekend as former Bear Andrew Gordon returns to PA. [Patriot-NewsTHW]
    • After an unimpressive season last year, Stan Galiev is off to a hot start this time around - and has earned himself a callup to Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • Pretty cool teaser video for Ovechkin's Nike Olympic campaign. Get it? Cool? We'll be here all week. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 55th birthday to Al Jensen.

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