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Thursday Caps Clips: Depth Perception

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking at the lack of depth at forward and along the blueline, the year in Alex Ovechkin, intrigue in Chelyabinsk and more.

Rob Carr

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Your Monumental Moments for today. [Capitals Voice, Capitals Report (video)]
  • Lack of scoring depth is killing these Caps... [WaPo, NBC4]
  • ... as a seven-goals-in-six-games stat line will attest... [CSNW]
  • ... and don't forget the team's weird proclivity for "score one, give one free" goals. [Rink]
  • Breaking:  It's not all on Alex Ovechkin. [PHT]
  • And hey, that defensive depth is also in need of deepifying. [WashTimes]
  • Goalies know about focus.  Braden Holtby wants his team to 'zone out' all the distractions. [CSNW]
  • Time's ticking, gents.  Even the Wall Street Journal wants you to get on with it. [WSJ]
  • Russian reports roundup:
    • Pavel Lysenkov is checking in on the NHL Russian Olympians, and got a quality interview with Papa Ovechkin. [Soviet Sport, via GoogleTrans]
    • Slava Malamud posted an absolutely stunning retrospective of the Year in Ovechkin, Anno Ovini 2013. What a long, strange and wonderful trip it has been. [RMNB]
    • And the Intrigue Meter is spiking as Evgeny Kuznetsov posted a picture of what sure looks like a US visa application to Twitter, then swiftly deleted it. But not swiftly enough! What has been seen, cannot be un-screencapped. [RMNB]
  • Andre Burakovsky has returned to Otters practice ice and hopes to be back in the lineup and playing on Friday. []
  • The Caps, Wiz, and Mystics welcome you to the Verizon eCommerce Platform, and big changes are on the horizon for Monumental Network and sports broadcasting in DC.  Ted Leonsis laid out a few of his plans in an appearance at the University of Maryland. [DC Sports Bog, and again]
  • Squirrel!  The Caps get a Snapchat. [DSP]
  • Didja ever wonder how the Caps' scratches pass the time in the pressbox?  Wonder no more. [Capitals Hill]
  • Talking slumps, goalies, the Today Show, and Kuzya, all in one convenient Pucknight Podcast. [Capitals Hill]
  • Sunday's Bears game at Giant Center will feature some spiffy Olympic-themed sweaters. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 53rd birthday to Timo Blomqvist and happy 35th to Scott Hannan.