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Friday Caps Clips: Devils @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's visit from New Jersey, Brian MacLellan meets the press and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Investigating the personnel and tactics employed by the Caps when leading - and why at least one of them needs to change. [Rink, with a bit more at WaPo and WaPo Express]
  • Check out Clyde's awesome pics from Tuesday's win over the Blue Jackets. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's dance with the Devils from VogsNHL.comAP and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at In Lou We Trust for the other side of tonight's matchup
    • Here's a shocker: the Devils will go with Cory Schneider in net. He'll be making his 394th-consecutive start...or 17th, whatever. [NY TimesCBS Sports]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzWilsonRinkside Update/Schmidt)]
    • Brooks Orpik leads the Caps with a team-high 11 minor penalties, and he's not happy about it. Ditto. [WaPo]
    • It seems like the whole hockey world is weighing in on Connor McDavid's recent fight-related injury - now it's time to hear from a guy who played with him last year, Andre Burakovsky. [CSNW]
    • The Epix cameras are in the house, yo... [Caps OT (and again)]
    • ...and be sure to check out the trailer for the four-part series as the Caps and 'Hawks get set to clash on New Year's Day. [Rink]
    • And now, a hirsute update from special Movember correspondent Karl Alzner. [Monumental video]
  • Burakovsky and his linemates are doing some good work for the Caps and for fantasy hockey owners. [Puck Daddy]
  • Barry Trotz has the unenviable task of crafting a working lineup out of his island of misfit toys. [RMNBNBC4]
  • It may be 2014, but make no mistake - racism still exists in hockey (and society in general). And now, the players are speaking out. [CBC]
  • GM Brian MacLellan had a nice long chat with the press, covering a range of topics [Monumental videoWaPo]
    • Mike Green and his expiring contract. [WaPoNBC4CSNW]
    • The walking wounded. [WaPo]
    • His bosses and their "hands-off" approach so far. [CSNW]
  • The Caps may have made a huge mistake by trading Filip Forsberg... the good news is, no one ever talks about it. [ESPN ($)]
  • Speaking of Forsberg, he's mentioned in this week's Super 16, but so are the Caps, so... something. []
  • Seriously, enough with the "Alex Ovechkin is totally going to the KHL" nonsense already. [RMNB]
  • The Hershey Bears are also taking part in Movember as a way to raise awareness for men's health, a cause that hits close to home for many of them. [Patriot-News]
  • With the now-annual Hockey 'n Heels event, the Caps are taking the right approach towards their many female fans. [FTW]
  • Finally, happy 72nd birthday to Bryan "Bugsy" Watson, happy 58th to Jim Bedard, happy 38th to Brad Church, and happy 70th to Rod Seiling.