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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Devils Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of Caps-Devils, Burakovsky debuts with the Bears, holiday photos new and old and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's tussle with the Devils from VogsNHL.comAP, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at In Lou We Trust for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • News and notes from yesterday's pre-flight skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzRinkside Update/Holtby)]
    • As expected, Andre Burakovsky was sent down to Hershey yesterday and made his Bears' debut in their 2-0 loss to Lehigh Valley... [CapsWaPoNBC4WashTimesCSNWPatriot-NewsPressbox DC]
    • ...but this demotion is not meant to be a long-term one. [WaPo]
      • Could this be the play that doomed Andre Burakovsky to Hershey? [Rink]
    • Finally healthy again (for now), Brooks Laich is comfortable with the direction in which his game is going. [WaPo]
    • Mike Green channeled his inner Casper on Thursday night, which is a huge reason why the Caps departed Columbus with two points. [WaPo]
    • The Caps' resiliency is starting to show, most recently in their battle back from two consecutive one-goal deficits (including one in the final five minutes) against the Jackets. [CSNW]
  • A look at the season's true top performers in net. [InGoalMag]
  • Showing up on a list of the year's most shocking transactions is starting to become something of an annual tradition for the Caps, isn't it? [Puck Daddy]
  • Winter Classic updates:
    • More on the gradual changeover of Nats Park from baseball field to winter wonderland. [WTOP]
    • As has often been the case, this year's Winter Classic will face competition from college football. [Newsday]
    • Three reasons why the game has zero buzz. Or at least why people think it has zero buzz. [Blackhawk Up]
    • Clearly those people aren't riding the DC Metro. [@TalktheRed]
  • The Caps and Wizards threw on those ugly sweaters of yore and posed for hilarious holiday pictures and the whole thing is delightful. [Monumental videopicsWaPoBullets Forever]
  • Also delightful? A look at some of the Caps posing for holiday pictures back when they were just dreaming of the NHL in their footie pajamas. [Monumental]
  • Finally, happy 24th birthday to Alexander Urbom, and happy 64th to Bill Clement.