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Monday Caps Clips: Ducks @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It's gut-check time as Bruce Boudreau returns with his red-hot Ducks squad, a googol of goalies, the Caps' prospects prosper at the WJC, and more.

Jim McIsaac

Your savory breakfast links:

  • If you happened to miss the Clips from this weekend, un-miss them here.
  • Previews of tonight’s dance with the Ducks from Vogs, and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Anaheim Calling for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • That Was The Week That Was, Volume 12. [Peerless, RMNB]
  • A googol of goalies - Everyone's assessing the Caps' crowded crease:
    • Preaching patience. [RtR]
    • And more patience. [RMNB]
    • Yep, Adam Oates is a patient man and Braden Holtby is still his No. 1 netminder. [CSNW]
    • Of course, tapping Philipp Grubauer means this stellar Hershey/Caps concoction will be in net. So there's that. [Caps Outsider]
  • Brooks Laich is ready to play, today. But Coach is not quite sold. [CSNW]
  • In either case there is a roster space available as Casey Wellman has been returned to Hershey. [@WashCaps]
  • NHL typical - Rumo(u)r has it that the team in the visitors' dressing room on New Year's Day in DC will be ... the Philadelphia Flyers. Welp. []
  • Saturday's tilt with the Devils drew a galaxy of stars. That is if a galaxy consists of Michael Phelps and Kurt Busch. [Monumental video, RMNB (and again), Caps Outsider (and again)]
  • The top "fan moments" for 2013 leads off with the bestest picture ever. [Puck Daddy]
  • News from Chocolatetown:
    • David Leggio backstopped the Bears to their first shutout win on the season... [Patriot-News,SHoE]
    • ... in their Christmas-themed jerseys. If you liked the sweaters, you will love the socks. [P-N (pics)]
    • Stanislav Galiev sustained an upper-body injury in the first period on Saturday and is expected to miss at least two weeks. [P-N]
    • Welcome back forward Ryan Potulny, who has re-signed with the Bears for the balance of the season.[P-N, AHL]
    • And congrats to former Cap/Bear Keith Aucoin, whose overtime game-winner for the Chicago Wolves put him in sole possession of 8th place among the all-time AHL scoring leaders. [@WillhiteWolves]
  • News from the World Junior Championship:
  • Finally, happy 31st birthday to Shaone Morrisonn.