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Thursday Caps Clips: Blue Jackets @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Blue Jackets and their four-game winning streak pay a visit, Braden Holtby is trending up, Tom Wilson is thriving, Karl Alzner is a new daddy and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's joust with the Jackets from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, and Peerless, and check out bluejackets.nhl.com and our SB Nation pals over at The Cannon for the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Updates from yesterday's non-practice out at Kettler (the team had the day off), and a few leftovers from #CapsBolts:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Capitals Report)]
    • Five things to like about that victory. [CSNW]
    • "The Caps physically imposed their will on the Bolts." [Lightning Media]
    • A work in progress - Caps staying aggressive even with the lead. [WaPo]
    • Prime time goaltending as Braden Holtby is hitting his stride with Mitch Korn and the EPIX cameras his constant companions. [WaPo]
  • Y'know, Alex Ovechkin doesn't actually have to score all of the team's power play goals. And sometimes it works better if he doesn't.  [Rink]
  • Tom Wilson is thriving with his expanded responsibilities and ice time... [NHL.com]
  • ... though apparently he needs to up some parts of his game. [@Latta17]
  • Reading between the lines of time on ice for three Caps' forwards. [BrooksLaichyear]
  • Getting to know Joel Ward . [THW]
  • What was awesome about the Caps this week?  A whole lot more than last week, for true. Happy 5th blogiversary, gents. [RMNB]
  • Aaron Volpatti looked right at home in his first full-contact practice at Giant Center. [Patriot-News]
  • "Guilty!" Bewigged barrister Garrett Mitchell presided over the Bears' first Kangaroo Court, with Aussie Nathan Walker in the jury box. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, we wish a very hearty congratulations to Karl and Mandi Alzner as they welcomed their first child, Stella Raay Alzner yesterday. Mazel tov! [Caps OutsiderRMNB]