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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Avalanche Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The team is in Denver to take on the 'Lanche, Orlov is getting closer to a return (and maybe Laich is too), Freddy Cassivi got the call to the Hall, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's clash in Colorado from Vogs (plus game notes), and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Mile High Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup
    • Russians, reunited. [RMNB]
    • Yogi Bear will most likely be in goal versus the Caps tonight. Srsly. [Denver Post]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice at Denver University's Magness Arena:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz)]
    • Class was in session as Barry Trotz addressed the Denver University men's hockey team. [Monumental (video)]
    • Dmitry Orlov 's rebuilt wrist is nearly ready to return to active duty. When the docs approve, he'll head for Hershey for conditioning. But where does he fit when he comes topside again? [WaPo]
    • Also not yet ready for active duty - a frustrated Brooks Laich and his gimpy shoulder. Oh, and Liam O'Brien remains on the shelf. [WaPo, CSNW]
    • There's only so many minutes of ice time available for Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jay Beagle, and thus far there have been more of them for JB83. [CSNW]
  • A couple leftovers from Caps/Yotes:
    • "It’s coming," [Holtby] said. "To be honest with you, I don’t really feel that different from when things were going bad. I think the work is paying off now. It’s coming together a little more." [WaPo]
    • An improved penalty kill made the difference. [WaPo]
    • In which Craig Laughlin embraces his inner Sedonan. [RMNB]
  • Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you're part of a team. [RMNB]
  • Numerology with Michael Latta, Brooks Orpik, and Tom Wilson. [Brooks Laichyear]
  • ESPN apparently traded Mike Green to a different list of top 50 NHL defensemen, so whatever. [ESPN]
  • Caps/Devils and Caps/Blues in review. Where has all the scoring gone? [What the Puck (podcast)]
  • Hershey took the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to a shootout, but the Baby Flyerz prevailed. Garrett Mitchell sat out the game after sustaining an orbital fracture over the weekend in a fight with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Reid McNeill. [Patriot-News and again]
  • In maybe the best off-ice news of the season, the great folks @mediachameleon are making another audio diary with Karl Alzner - this one's titled Wired This Way. [Monumental]
  • Okay, second best. Here's some behind-the-scenes footage from Kettler and new trailer by the Epix crew. [Monumental (video), Ted's Take]
  • Give yourselves a hand, CapsNation, but let's work a bit on that Blind Faith Index, shall we? [THN]
  • With Arizona State announcing their new status as a NCAA D-1 hockey program, here's a list of schools that should join them. C'mon, Maryland, those amazing goalie pads would look even more amazing in the Frozen Four! [THN]
  • Finally, the headline en française says it best: Frédéric Cassivi immortalisé. Congrats are in order for legendary Hershey goaltender Freddy Cassivi, who will be inducted to the 2015 class of the AHL Hall of Fame. [Patriot-News, AHL]