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Friday Caps Clips: Caps @ ‘Canes Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight’s divisional showdown in Raleigh, Tom Wilson is off the hook, Ovi goes for #400 and more.

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  • Previews of tonight’s clash with the Canes from Vogs, NHL.comAP, Peerless and Puck Buddys, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Canes Country for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • As the Caps look to get back in the win column against those pesky Hurricanes, Alex Ovechkin has his sights set on a pretty amazing milestone. [WaPo]
  • Tom Wilson will not be suspended for his hit on Brayden Schenn in Tuesday’s loss to the Flyers, so sayeth the NHL Department of Player Safety. [NHL.comPuck DaddyCPWaPoPHTRMNBSportsXchangeBSH]
    • Not everyone's happy, but (in part thanks to a very well-done and thorough video by the NHL) it appears to be the right call... [Yahoo!Caps Outsider]
    • ...which both George McPhee and Adam Oates have been saying all along... [WaPoCSNWNBC4PHT]
    • ...even if some people might think they went too far in their support of Wilson. Eh. [Sporting News]
    • And while it ended up not being a suspension for Wilson according to the letter of the law, perhaps the NHL should change the law. [DSP]
    • Both players bear a little responsibility for just how devastating the hit ended up being. [CSNW]
    • Sure, not remembering the hit at all is totally a sign of perfect health and is absolutely good enough to clear someone to play two nights later. Good call, Flyers. [BSH]
  • He may have avoided his first Shanaban, but the learning curve continues for 19-year-old Wilson in his rookie season. [WashTimes]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesOvechkinRinkside Update/Fehr), CSNW]
    • Mikhail Grabovski appears to be just about rid of that flu bug and should be in the lineup tonight... [WaPo]
    • ...while Brooks Laich skated for the fourth straight day and appears to be on the mend. And is really, really excited about it. [Monumental video (Laich)]
    • Dmitry Orlov continues to impress and earn more responsibility on the Caps' blueline. [WaPo]
    • So many goalies!! [Pressbox DC]
  • A few leftover thoughts on the loss to Philly Tuesday night. [WaPo]
  • Often overshadowed by the huge personality of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom is DC’s quiet superstar. [WaPo]
  • An eye towards next summer's possible compliance buyout targets, including Brooks Lai-...wait WHAT?? [ESPN]
  • Not exactly about the Caps, but an interesting look at where a couple of guys are shooting from on the ice (and check out this year's chart at the bottom for some Caps' relevance). [SBNation]
  • The fact that the Martin Erat / Filip Forsberg trade is one of the more shocking NHL transactions in 2013 is anything but shocking. [Puck Daddy]
  • Chatting with former Hershey Bears' bench boss Mark French on his work in the AHL and his new role in the KHL. [THW]
  • The Caps are one of the League's more watchable teams... er, off the ice, of course. Their 24/7 closeup is just a year away, kids! [Grantland]
  • Backstrom and Ovechkin are among a small group of NHLers testing out some lighter Bauer gear. By Odin's beard! [Yahoo]
  • A look at Team USA's roster - which includes a few Caps' prospects, at least for now - as they make their way over to Sweden for next week's World Junior Championships. [SBN College Hockey]
  • Jay Beagle: Olympian. I love it. [GM on a Couch]
  • Visualizing the Caps' possession and ice time. Ooh, pretty colors. [RMNB]
  • Alex Ovechkin’s resurgence, the Caps’ amazing comeback season and more pop up in the best of DC Sports in 2013... [WaPo
  • ...and some great Caps’ pics make the cut in a year captured on film. Or memory card, whatever. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 23rd birthday to Alexander Urbom and happy 63rd to Bill Clement.