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Thursday Caps Clips: Caps @ Kings Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The ice is ready for the second game of the Caps' West Coast swing, the team signed a new prospect goalie, and the lads in Hershey have some truly awesome canine pals.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's late-night clash with the Kings from Vogs, NHL.com and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Jewels From The Crown and brother-from-another-mother Battle of Cali for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • The Caps have called up new guy Chris Brown and reassigned Casey Wellman back to Hershey. [Patriot-News, Caps Today]
    • All signs point to Kings' captain Dustin Brown returning to the lineup after a two-game LBI hiatus. [LA Times]
    • Dustin Penner, ticketmaster. [Mayors Manor]
    • Kings' bench boss Darryl Sutter has 499 victories on his resume and will be looking for Number 500 tonight. [CBS Sports]
  • Alex Ovechkin keeps on keeping on. And on, and on... [SB Nation]
  • ... 'cos that's what team MVPs do. [BR]
  • In which the members of the Caps' third line get their propers. [WaPo]
  • The Caps' power play provides options for the opposing penalty killers.  If they opt to cover The Ovi Spot and the deadly sniper lurking therein, then Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward are only too happy to crash the crease and grind out some greasy goals. [NHL.com]
  • From the Dept. of Too Soon to Tell, is Jaroslav Halak playing like he wants to stay in Washington? [CSNW, theScore]
  • Speculation abounds as the Caps announced they have signed free agent North-Polie-goalie Pheonix Copley from Michigan Tech... [Caps Today, MT Athletics, SB College Hockey, Goalie Guild, USoH]
  • ... but f'real, people, he's ticketed for Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • Zone entries done right. [Talk the Red]
  • Craig Custance is telling us there's a chance. [ESPN]
  • Notes from the Caps' infirmary:
    • Mikhail Grabovski's ankle is still a hot mess, and #84 is at least two weeks away from playing. [RMNB]
    • Brooks Laich has been playing through some pain... [106.7 The Fan]
    • ... but could his contract be bought out?  Should it? [NBC4]
  • Bracketology:
    • The Caps' season ticket perks are seeded number 2 out of 30 teams in the Lig... [Silver Seven]
    • ... even as the organization is adjudged to be the fourth seed in the "Fan Misery Index". [SI]
  • If you've ever wondered what it's like to chill in the VC replay box, today's your lucky day. [WTOP]
  • Pooches in the news:
  • Dmitry Orlov plays "rock, paper, scissors" like he plays defense. Zing! [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 31st birthday to Dennis Wideman.