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Tuesday Caps Clips: Caps vs. Islanders Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's matchup with the Islanders, to trade or not to trade Mike Ribeiro, Ovi earns first star honors and more.

Justin K. Aller

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's tussle with the Islanders from Vogs,, AP and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • The Isles may be paying a visit to our fair city, but for some reason they're not interested in visiting any of DC's famous sights. But the Spy Museum is so much fun!! [Isles]
  • Congrats to Alex Ovechkin, who was named the NHL's first star of the week after putting up eight points (five goals, three assists) in his last four games. [Caps, WaPo, CSNW, SportsXchange]
  • Ovechkin is answering his critics on the ice and providing some good quotes about them off it. Such a potty mouth. [Monumental video, (and again), WaPo, CSNW, Puck Daddy]
  • With the trade deadline just a week and a day away, all eyes are on Mike Ribeiro as the center talks long-term deals. [WaPo, CSNW, Wash Times, Puck Daddy, CBS Sports,
    • Why the Caps shouldn't sign Ribeiro... [WaPo (Greenberg)]
    • ...and why they should. [WaPo (Boswell)]
  • Good news for the Caps - albeit news that could shake up the roster a bit - as the trio of injured defensemen appear to be on the mend. [WaPo, Wash Times, CSNW]
  • Checking in with the coach and the goalie after Monday morning's optional practice out at Kettler. [Oates, Holtby]
  • Now that the Caps seem to have found their stride and are back in the playoff race, they need to keep winning. And then maybe win a bit more. [WaPo]
  • The general assumption has been that 2012 draft pick Filip Forsberg wouldn't be available to the Caps until 2014. He may not come over until then, but he actually could join the Caps as soon as this year. [RMNB]
  • Check out Michal Neuvirth's snazzy new helmet [CapsOT]
  • Finally, happy 47th birthday to Robin Bawa.