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Saturday Caps Clips: Devil's in the Details; Caps @ Habs Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's loss in Newark, looking ahead to tonight's visit to Montreal and more.


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  • Recaps of last night's loss to the Devils from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Green, Carlson, Chimera, Neuvirth),, AP, PHT, WaPo, CSNW, Frankovic, Peerless, DSP, RMNB, (gamer, blog), and In Lou We Trust.
    • As if dropping their seventh-straight game wasn't bad enough, the Caps may have lost Mikhail Grabovski, as he left in the second period with an apparent knee injury. [WaPo, CSNW, RMNB]
    • Oh, and Jaromir Jagr picked up two assists to tie Mario Lemieux for 10th all-time in helpers because of course he did. Salt, meet wound. []
    • But hey, at least they scored a goal, snapping a shutout streak of 149:11 and bringing their grand total of goals in the last four games up to... three. [CSNW]
  • Previews of tonight's visit to Montreal from, and be sure to check out the awesome crew over at our SB Nation pals, Eyes on the Prize, for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • The Habs are struggling, too, dropping their third straight game last night and being outscored 22-11 in their last five. So tonight we've got ourselves the makings of... well, something. [HIO]
  • Mike Wise suggested that the Caps trade Mike Green; our own Peerless offered this rebuttal. [Rink]
  • And don't forget to vote for your favorite GIF in this week's Caps in Motion. [Rink]
  • More on Mike Green, trades, and the potential for a Caps' rebuild. [Rock the Red]
  • Notes from yesterday's morning skate:
    • Rinkside Update with Tom Wilson. [Monumental video]
    • Alex Ovechkin did make a brief appearance on the ice, but didn't last long and missed his second-straight game... with a "micro-bruise"? K. [WaPo, CSNW, CBS Sports, RMNB]
    • Plenty of Caps are looking to rediscover their scoring touch - plenty of them - but Troy Brouwer in particular is struggling to find the back of the net. [WaPo]
    • Last night's game in New Jersey kicked off the Caps' weekend with their dads and/or mentors... and now the Caps are all grounded. [Caps Overtime, WaPo]
    • As the Caps continue to struggle, are there changes on the horizon for the Caps? [CSNW]
  • Frustration is high among Caps' fans these days, and understandably so... but perhaps we could tone down the booing of our own team, just a smidge. [Capitals Hill]
  • Despite some scary goings-on in Russia at the moment, the Caps' Olympians aren't that concerned about safety in Sochi. [WaPo]
  • Just how much have the Caps changed since Adam Oates took over behind the bench? [F Street Faithful]
  • The potential of buying out Brooks Laich, George McPhee's future with the organization, and more in Capital Letters. [NBC4]
  • As the second half of their season gets underway, the Hershey Bears believe they've turned a corner. [Patriot-News, THW]
  • Great that the Ducks have had a fair amount of success this season, but funny how every chat with Bruce Boudreau seems to include a little backhanded slap at his old team. [Yahoo! Canada]
  • Back when Brendan Morrison was a Cap - and back when the Caps used to score goals - Morrison had a pretty slick between-the-legs goal that apparently ranks as one of the best. [BHS]
  • If it's Super Bowl season, it must be prop bet season - but pitting Russell Wilson against Alex Ovechkin, that's an interesting twist. [Sporting News]
  • Finally, happy 45th birthday to Steve Maltais and happy (we suppose) 49th to Esa Tikkanen.