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Wednesday Caps Clips: Relentless in Tampa

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A very satisfying win in Tampa, two good long looks at the team's possession metrics, Aaron Volpatti begins his rehab in Hershey and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps of last night's win over Tampa from us (QuickCap, Recap), Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Ovechkin, Niskanen), NHL.com, AP, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNWPeerless, Frankovic, DSP (plus three stars), BrooksLaichyear, Stars and Sticks, RMNB and Raw Charge, Tampa Tribune.
    • The infinite sadness of Anton Stralman... [RMNB]
    • ... and the infinite awesomesauce of Nicklas Backstrom. [Ibid.]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate:
  • Lots of the Caps' possession metrics have improved this year, which is a good thing, except when it's not... [Rink]
  • ... and the team still needs improvement when playing with a lead. [Rink]
  • Aaron Volpatti has been loaned to the Hershey Bears for conditioning, and Coach sez "Take all the time you need, Aaron" that it's up to the player to determine when he's ready to come topside... [WaPo, and again]
  • ... and the Bears will get a close-up view of his progress. [Patriot-News]
  • Are the Caps currently icing too many of the exact same player? [THW]
  • Related: Two players that are totes tradeable. [BrooksLaichyear]
  • Two members of the NHL draft class of 2013 are having seasons in parallel - Tampa's Jonathan Drouin and the Caps' Andre Burakovsky . [THW]
  • Finally, Uncle Ted is counting on us to Count Us In! as DC and Baltimore vie for the honor of being named the US Olympic Committee's bid city to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Ed. note: please Count Me In! because I want to do this again) [FanPost, plus video]