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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Blue Jackets Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps pay a visit to Columbus, same old song for the second line, Winter Classic updates and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Stop us if you've heard this before - the team needs more scoring and puck possession from its second li...oh, right.  [Rink]
  • 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 in Columbus, and a few leftovers from #CapsCats:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Laich, Wilson)]
    • Postgame notebook. [Dump 'n' Chase]
    • Get this: Brooks Orpik scored a goal. In the shootout. No, really he did. [WaPo]
    • Wait. Sergei Bobrovsky is 7-0-0 this December? Boggle... [Lumbus Dispatch]
    • ... and that's why the team has determined that chaos in front of his net is critical. [WaPo]
  • If 5v5 isn't working, then a revived power play might be useful. [WaPo]
  • Nate Schmidt has been playing well with Mike Green, and also without Mike Green . [BrooksLaichyear]
  • John Carlson is doing his homework and is getting results. [WaPo]
  • First-season free agent fancystats. [BrooksLaichyear]
  • What was awesome about the Caps this week?  [RMNB]
  • Winter Classic updates:
    • The incredible shrinking Winter Classic (via the network that will not be broadcasting the game). [ESPN]
    • "Road" reviews from the Hawks' end of the ice... [Blackhawk Up, ESPN]
    • ... the Caps' end of the ice... [DSP]
    • ... and the press box. [Sportsnet, Sports on Earth]
    • Rink construction webcam, activate! [NHL.com]
    • A closer look at Tom Wilson's and Michael Latta's endless ketchup. [RMNB]
  • Nicklas Backstrom gave a long podcast interview to Swedish outlet Expressen on his life in the NHL.  [Part One, Part Two]
  • Prospect forward Shane Gersich scored the game-winner for Team USA against Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge. With 2.5 seconds on the game clock. With the win, the US squad earned an automatic slot in the semifinals... [RMNB]
  • ... making sad Canadians sad... [Star Phoenix]
  • ... and after yesterday's quarterfinal games, USA's semifinal game will be a rematch with the team they just beat. [@HC_WJAC]
  • Finally, happy 63rd birthday to Bernie Wolfe, happy 69th to Jean Pronovost, and happy 41st to Jeff Nelson.