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Tuesday Caps Clips: Bruins @ Caps Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's game against the Bruins, Oates on Ovechkin, Ovechkin on Ovechkin, the newest Cap (and it's not Volpatti) and more.

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  • Previews of tonight's match-up of 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals opponents from Vogs, NHL.com, WashTimes, CSNW (with more on the week ahead), Peerless, RMNB and Sick Unbelievable, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Stanley Cup of Chowder for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:Braden Holtby readies for a tenth-straight start, Mike Green is still out, Marcus Johansson is nearing a return, Aaron Volpatti's fists will free up Matt Hendricks and John Erskine to use their hands for scorin' instead of fightin' (ha), and more. [Monumental video (Rinkside Update, Oates, Ovechkin, Holtby, Brouwer, Alzner), WashTimes, WaPo, CSNW]
  • In late-in-the-evening transactional news, the Caps signed and recalled defenseman Steve Oleksy from Hershey. So there's that. [Capitals, WashTimes, WaPo, CSNW, RMNB, DSP, PennLive]
  • Alex Ovechkin wants the puck more in the neutral zone. Adam Oates wants Ovechkin to do more without the puck. Caps fans want the player to listen to his coach. [WashTimes, WaPo, CSNW]
  • Go ahead, shoot more on your power play. Braden Holtby dares you. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • So where are we on this whole "new system" thing? [National Post]
  • Five questions facing the Caps in the second-half. And no, "Why is this half different from all other halves?" is not one of them. [WaPo, with a bit more on one of them, as well as other items at gofivehole]
  • Holtby has persevered through some tough times this year... [WashTimes]
  • ... and is this year's Caps team personified (well, except for the fact that Holtby has a ton of upside). [Homer McFanboy]
  • Radio hits yesterday from Volpatti on LaVar and Dukes... [106.7 the Fan (audio)]
  • ... and Jeff Schultz on Holden and Danny. [106.7 the Fan (audio)]
  • March Madness reference? Check. Ides of March reference? Check. March of the Penguins reference? No? Send it back to the editor! [WaPo]
  • For this year's Caps, the only thing worse than being terrible would be being mediocre. [RtR]
  • Hey, Jason Chimera, you've got company! [Puck Daddy]
  • Mike Ribeiro's rims are... something. [WaPo]
  • Twenty-one questions with Brooks Laich. (We'll anxiously await 74 questions with John Carlson.) [BDB]
  • For fans of teams that might not make the playoffs *ahem*, the lottery rules have changed... [NHL.com]
  • ... as have things towards the top of the draft-eligible prospects rankings. [NHL Numbers]
  • A couple of Caps prospects have nice fantasy prospects. [THN]
  • Finally, two disappointing teams, one arena? [Fanspeak]