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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps play game one of a back-to-back and the first of six games in nine nights, welcome back Connor, John Carlson motorcades it to the White House, and more.

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  • Previews of tonight's battle by the Bay from Vogs, NHL.com, CBSSports.com and Peerless, be sure to check in with our SB Nation pals over at Raw Charge for the other side of tonight's 7:30pm matchup.
    • Oh hai there scoreboard watching - victories by the Flyers and Rangers yesterday dropped the Caps to fourth place in the Metro... and out of playoff contention.  Good thing the team has lots and lots of games crammed into a very short period of time as the calendar ticks down to the Olympic break.  [WashTimes, WaPo, CSNW]
    • Another good thing?  The team has plenty of goaltenders raring to go. Unless that's not really a good thing at all... [WaPo, 106.7 The Fan]
    • ... and what's up with Braden Holtby, anyway? Could it be the coaching? [Rink]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • News and notes from practice out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Caps Report, Oates, Carlson)]
    • The news came mid-morning - defenseman Alexander Urbom was plucked off the waiver wires by his once-and-future team - and promptly assigned to AHL Albany. [Patriot-News]
    • Welcome back, Connor Carrick.  He was recalled to the Caps and is on the trip to Tampa. [NBC4, WaPo]
  • Delving into the details of Alex Ovechkin's remarkable goal production. [SBNation]
  • "Solidly mediocre." A look at PDO across the division and across the Lig shows that the Caps are indeed a muddle mucking about in the middle. [FanPost]
  • In which John Carlson takes us Cruisin' - to the White House for his Olympic presser.  Couldn't someone have found him a more star-spangly hat? And perhaps a set of those diplo-flags for the hood of his vehicle. [Caps Red Line (video)]
  • Meanwhile, some of Carlson's teammates are dealing with the disappointment of not getting the call to Sochi... [CSNW]
  • ... and Ovechkin knows his work is only beginning. [NHL.com (video)]
  • Batter up!  Steve Oleksy was a two-sport fellow back in the day, but hockey ultimately won out over baseball. [RMNB]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov on crutches?  Evgeny Kuznetsov on crutches. And also in the broadcast booth for a little color analysis. Hold it right here. [Traktor TV (video), RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Bruce Boudreau.