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Monday Caps Clips: Senators @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Senators come to town, ev'ryone's still talking about Ovi, World Junior exhibition action gets underway and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's cloakroom clash with the distinguished gentlemen from Ottawa from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, and Peerless, and check out our SB Nation pals over at Silver Seven for the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • Related: The Sens are playing their third game in four nights, and must remember to think holiday, not hockey. Or possibly the other way 'round. [canoe.ca]
  • Updates from yesterday's team-sponsored family Christmas party out at Kettler (with three games in four nights, the team had the day off):
    • John Carlson is totally a Christmas kinda guy, as he and Troy Brouwer (and their wives) delivered a little bit of good cheer to needy families... [CSNW]
    • ... and then played a little street hockey with the kiddies. D'aww. [Caps Outsider, and again (pics)]
  • The Week That Was, Volume Eleven... [Peerless, Stars and Sticks, ILWT (with the Metro lowdown)]
  • Leftovers from a five-of-six-available-points week:
    • #CapsDevils: Postgame notebook.
    • Green. Backstrom. Ovechkin. Backstrom. [Ted's Take]
    • Say, is Alex Ovechkin fixing to go on a hot streak? [NHL.com]
    • Ranking Ovechkin's Gr8est goals. [BrooksLaichyear, CSNW]
    • It's like this, see: Trotz explains scratching Nate Schmidt and benching Tom Wilson . [WaPo]
  • Hershey update: The Bears are heading to winter break as Andre Burakovsky and Aaron Volpatti return to the Caps. [Patriot-News]
  • Prospect updates:
    • Congrats are in order for Shane Gersich, who scored 2-1-3 in 4 games as Team USA defeated Switzerland, Canada East (twice) and Denmark to take gold at the World Junior A Challenge. [USA Hockey]
    • Madison Bowey was named to the World Junior roster for Team Canada. Canada played its first exhibition game against Team Sweden, defeating Småkronorna 5-2.  Bowey made his first appearance on the scoresheet with two minor penalties and 4 PIM. [Hockey Canada]
    • "I've improved my thinking on the ice and I'm lot a stronger." Jakub Vrana is ready to do his part to bring a medal home with Team Czech Republic. [Buzzing the Net]
    • Get to know Patrick Koudys, Penn State's captain and a "gritty, tough defenseman and nuclear engineering major." Wait, he's a what? [Onward State]
  • Ted Leonsis is trying not to be excited... yet. [CSNW (video)]