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Wednesday Caps Clips: Time for a Breather

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: recaps of last night's loss in NYC and the second episode of the Road to the Winter Classic, and more.

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  • Their even-strength performance is vastly improved over last year's squad, but the question remains: are the Caps still too reliant on the power play? [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from usVogs, Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinBackstromNiskanenHoltbyhighlights), NHL.comAP, WaPo (bloggamer), CSNW (bloggamer), ESPN NYR BlogNYDNDSPRMNBBrooksLaichyearBlueshirt Banter,
  • Time to head home for the holidays on today's Morning Drive. [Capitals Voice]
  • Check out our recap of Road to the Winter Classic Episode 2, and marvel at the magic of John Carlson's socks. [Rink]
  • Winter Classic update:
    • Blackhawks CEO John McDonough talks about the non-rivalry aspect of this year's game, the plus side of being the visiting team and more. []
    • See the rink being built in super-speedy fast forward. Who says nothing ever gets done in Washington? [Caps OT]
    • More on that pretty drawing of what things could look like at Nats Park on January 1... although that snow may just be a pipe dream. [WaPoWBJ]
    • A chat with Jason Samenow, founder of the awesome Capital Weather Gang blog, provides a bit more info on just what we can expect at the game. Weather-wise, that is. [Puck Buddys]
    • And more on those amazing ads adorning various Metro stations around the District. [WaPo]
    • Could it be that the Winter Classic is not as shiny and wonderful as it once was? [PDL]
  • Justin Peters hasn't panned out exactly the way the Caps might have hoped; are there other backup options out there? [Stars and Sticks]
  • News and notes from yesterday's morning non-skate:
    • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz)]
    • The Caps still have a couple of tough stops before returning "home" to host the Blackhawks on New Year's Day. []
    • After playing on the top line for well over a month, Tom Wilson has been stapled to the bench a couple of times in recent games because of "dying" pucks. [NBC4CSNW]
    • The Caps and Rangers have been battling it out over that third spot in the Division, which means last night's game was a biggie. Welp. [WaPo]
    • Jay Beagle: Goal-scorer. [WaPo]
  • A few leftovers from Monday night's win over the Sens. [Rink (Clyde's pics), WaPo]
  • The NHL season can be a grind even for fans - so sometimes it's the little displays of individual brilliance, like Alex Ovechkin's goal over the weekend, that keep us going. [The National]
  • World Juniors news and notes:
    • Previewing the Czech team at the upcoming World Junior Championships, a squad that features a couple of blue-chip Caps prospects. [Buzzing the Net]
    • For those not interested in the Big Two at this year's tournament, you might want to keep an eye on some of these kids. [Toronto Sun]
  • Got a case of the Mondays? The Hershey Bears-themed 'Old Barn Hockey Show', now in its seventh season, has the cure for what ails you. [Patriot-News]
  • Ranking the League's goal horns, 1-30. [THW]
  • Merry Capsmas, everyone! [GM On a Couch]
  • And a Happy Hanukkah to the many, MANY (okay not that many) members of the Tribe in and around the NHL. Love u, Mitch Korn! [Puck Daddy]