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Saturday Caps Clips: Panthers @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of the Caps' date with the defending Division Champs, GMGM speaks and more.

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's match-up against the defending Southeast Division Champs (blech) from Vogs, NHL.com, Peerless and Sick Unbelievable, and be sure to check out our SB Nation buds over at Litter Box Cats for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's practice out at Kettler:
  • Quoth the philosopher Lawrence Peter Berra, "Ninety percent of this game is half-mental." [WaPo]
  • Leftovers from that wretched loss in the Steel City. [WaPo, ESPN, Homer McFanboy, Caps Daily, THW]
  • Contrary to popular belief, Alex Ovechkin may not be done scoring goals just yet. [Sporting News]
  • Should the Caps trade him anyway? (I regret that I have but two eyes to roll.) [THN]
  • And would he rather be in Moscow? [DCEx]
  • Two is too many Ni(c)klas Backstroms and... a Reggie Savage mention? [Grantland]
  • Hey, the Caps stink. Next. [THW]
  • Oh, they've stunk like this before and things got better? [WaPo]
  • Even when the Caps aren't doing much on the ice, at least they're doing some real good off of it. [Capitals Outsider, We're a Caps Family, DSP]
  • With Sochi now less than a year out, roster predictions are rolling in. Will Real American Hero John Carlson get to impose his will on the world? The prognosticators appear split. [ESPN, Puck Daddy, CBS, PHT]
  • A former Cap who was vocally disappointed with a reduced role that mirrored his rapidly declining skills during his last year in D.C. and who wasn't offered the opportunity to return spoke ill of the team's fanbase on Philly sports radio yesterday. (Hey, I saw you trying to stifle that yawn!) [WaPo, Sporting News, PPHT]
  • A not-new fan offers a rebuttal. [BrooksLaichYear]
  • Notes from up in Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • Filip Forsberg continues to provide Caps fans with hope for the future. [RMNB]
  • Catching up with Riley Barber. [Capitals Voice]
  • And finally, happy 53rd birthday to conductor extraordinaire Neil Sheehy.