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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's rematch with Carolina, too many Ovechkin stories to count and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of the windy rematch with the 'Canes from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, WaPo, WashTimes and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Canes Country for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • A few leftover thoughts from Round 1 of this home-and-home mini-series. [WaPo, WashTimes, Canes Country]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • Over a month removed from his last start, Michal Neuvirth will step between the pipes for the Caps tonight... [WaPo, WashTimes]
    • ...while at the other end of the rink, Dan Ellis and Justin Peters find themselves unexpectedly in the spotlight after Cam Ward's injury. [WashTimes, NewsObserver]
    • Many people thought that Adam Oates should reunite Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Adam Oates apparently agrees. [WaPo, CSNW]
  • The Caps are a wounded animal (sort of literally), and the Hurricanes are trying to go in for the kill. Vicious brutes. [WaPo]
  • "Searching for answers" and "I don't know what it is"... ah, two things you love hearing from a team wallowing at the bottom of the standings, right? [CSNW, NBCW]
  • All Ovechkin, all the time:
    • Craig Simpson thinks that Alex Ovechkin is "toxic" and should be bought out. Ovi-bashing: the meme that never dies. [RMNB]
    • Where did all the fun go, Ovi? Is not party now? [SBN]
    • Regardless of paycheck, Oates is insistent that everyone - including Ovechkin - is held accountable for his performance. [CSNW]
    • Is Kirk Muller the evil genius who finally solved Alex Ovechkin? ...eh. Maybe, maybe not. [Puck Daddy]
    • Ovi and his bride-to-be are still working on their wedding plans, including setting a date. Gee, there might be some free time coming up in May... [AP]
  • Brooks Laich checks in with the Junkies... [106.7 the Fan]
  • ...while the radio voice of the Caps, John Walton, does a radio hit of his own on Baltimore's WNST.[WNST.net]
  • The Washington Capitals: the M.C. Escher drawing of hockey teams. [Caps Outsider]
  • Alas, it appears as though the playoffs may just be a pipe dream for this year's Caps. [THW]
  • Steven Oleksy's had a pretty eventful first week with the team, including his first drop o' the gloves. [Rinkside Update, OFB]
  • Looking ahead to what next year could hold for the Caps' blue line. [BrooksLaichYear]
  • Congrats to Riley Barber, who was named to the CCHA All-Conference First Team yesterday. Barber led all players in scoring - as a freshman - with 36 points in 34 games. [CCHA]
  • Pretty cool story about former Caps' coach Bruce Boudreau inspiring a bunch of non-skating teachers to take up hockey. Wonder how "colorful" his speech was. [OC Register]
  • What's even more fun than watching the Caps and Pens next week? Doing so at a bar with an intermission trivia contest hosted by CSN's Michael Jenkins. Trust us. [CSNW]
  • Finally, happy 33rd birthday to Joe Motzko.