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Thursday Caps Clips: Setting Sail for Sweden

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Welcome to Boxing Day, better known as the first day of the IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Bruce Bennett

Your savory breakfast links:

  • With the pro hockey world on holiday hiatus until Friday, all eyes turn to Malmö, Sweden, and the 2014 World Junior Championship [USoH, USA Today]:
    • Storylines. [Puck Daddy]
    • The House of Otter is divided against itself. [GoErie.com
    • Team USA submitted its final tournament roster and Caps prospects Riley Barber, Connor Carrick, and Thomas DiPauli will represent #merica. [USoH, @usahockey]
    • The Czech Republic will be USA's first opponent, with puck drop at 11:30am Eastern. Here's what you need to know. [USoH]
    • The Swedish media is reporting that Andre Burakovsky might not play in Tre Kronor's game against Switzerland due to illness.  He was sent back to the team's hotel with a fever, for which the prescription was not "more cowbell." His participation today will be a game-time decision. [Expressen, DN.se (all links in Svensk)]                                          
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Corsi and Fenwick and stats, oh my. Moneypuck is starting to gain traction in front offices around the Lig. [WaPo]
  • Ixnay on the Illyfay-to-the-Interway-Assiclay atterchay, m'kay? [Times Leader]
  • The answer is "All of them." The question was... [CSNW]
  • Oh noes.  Evgeny Kuznetsov sustained a lower body injury. [RMNB]
  • Christmas was quite holly and also jolly for Caps players and fans alike. [CSNW, RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 24th birthday to Tomas Kundratek and happy 26th to Oskar Osala.