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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's tilt in Tampa, Mike Green shines, Eric Fehr returns to the lineup and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's battle with the Bolts from VogsNHL.comAP, and be sure to check out our SB Nation friends over at Raw Charge for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Breaking down the play that started with Andre Burakovsky being awesome and ended with the puck in the back of the Detroit net. [Rink]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pre-flight skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinRinkside Update/Alzner)]
    • From the top line to the press box to the third line, Barry Trotz is trying to get Eric Fehr to find another gear to his game. [WaPoExpress]
    • Injury updates on Brooks Laich (who remains out for at least the next few days) and Dmitry Orlov (who could be out a lot longer). [WaPoCSNW]
    • Speaking of injuries, Aaron Volpatti is nearing the end of his recovery period after having neck surgery - and is learning the importance of patience in the process. [WaPo]
    • Recent slumps and trade rumors are all behind Mike Green now as he quietly returns to form. [WaPo]
  • All Ovi, all the time:
    • Five games without a point has everyone talking about Alex Ovechkin and his sudden lack of scoring. [The Score]
    • And yet, those underlying numbers are still pretty good. [RinkBrooksLaichyear]
    • We all know that - usually - Ovechkin scores a ton, but apparently he's not the most efficient goal-scorer in the NHL. So who is? [CBC]
  • Delving into the theory that Braden Holtby performs better when facing more shots. [Fanpost]
  • Do the Caps need another goal-scorer to support Ovechkin? What is the plan for Evgeny Kuznetsov? And what's the deal with all those defensemen? Questions asked and answered. [CSNW]
  • Someone will need to be a healthy scratch tonight, but perhaps it shouldn't be Michael Latta. [RMNB]
  • After losing back-to-back games, the Caps are facing their first bit of adversity under Barry Trotz - and now it's Trotz's challenge to help them deal with it. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Get an all-access look at young Ryan Darby's night as he prepared to drop the puck for Wednesday night's ceremonial faceoff. [Monumental Video]
  • Finally, happy 57th birthday to Brent Tremblay and happy 68th to Bill Lesuk.