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Tuesday Caps Clips: Islanders @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of Caps/Isles, notes on the Caps' walking wounded, Alex Ovechkin continues to be a subject of debate, Olympic fever ramps up and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's game against the Caps' old timey rival Islanders from Vogs, NHL.com, the Isles and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Oates, Ovechkin, LaichChimera, Rinkside Update (Ward))]
    • All of the sudden, the Caps are dealing with a handful of injuries. [WaPo, CSNW, NBC4]
    • Parsing some second-hand comments regarding the state of the goaltending. [WaPo, CSNW]
    • Adam Oates has created a monster in Joel Ward, which was his intention all along. [Express]
  • A look back at a last week's Ups and Downs. [Rink]
  • The defenses of Alex Ovechkin against those whose analyses and conclusions leave much to be desired keep rolling in. [TSN, Puck Daddy]
  • One conclusion that's inarguable: his presence on the power play makes it a pretty special unit, and one which has plenty of admirers. [mc79hockey]
  • Speaking of Ovechkin, his legacy will apparently be shaped, in part, by how his team performs in Sochi (which, of course, is largely absurd). [NHL.com, Moscow Times]
  • And speaking of Sochi, even though he won't arrive for another week or so, Ovi is already everywhere over there. [DC Sports Bog, Sporting News]
  • John Carlson: American Olympian. [NHL.com, USA Hockey, Talk the Red, Trentonian, CSNW]
  • John Erskine had a rough weekend (not Peyton Manning rough, but rough). [RMNB]
  • The future Mrs. Ovechkin and her man grace the cover of Washington Life magazine. [RMNB]
  • The Can't Miss Kid's kid is an Olympian. [FoxSports]
  • Good people doing good things. [CSNW, Capitals Hill]
  • Finally, happy 70th birthday to Gary Smith and happy 45th birthday to Joe Sacco and happy 28th to Steve Oleksy.