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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A sort-of status update for Nicklas Backstrom, a look at the score most dangerous to the Caps' playoff hopes, Kuznetsov settles in, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The team had the day off yesterday; practice begins at 10:15 today after the team photo.
  • This Kings game was the Caps' season in a snowglobe. The good, the bad, and the facepalm of it all. [WaPo]
  • "I'm not going to miss any games." Nicklas Backstrom sent a note by text to Swedish journalist Gunnar Nordstrom. Here's hoping. [Hockey Ramblings]
  • No word yet regarding Jack Hillen, after his scary overtime collision with Alex Ovechkin, who looked none the worse for wear while out and about Wednesday night, Instagramming his night at the Wizards game. [@Ovi8, @Kuzya92]
  • A few leftovers from Caps-Kings:
    • Observations. [WaPo, CSNW]
    • Because first-goal-in-the-NHL-pucks won't pick themselves up, that's why. [RMNB]
    • Related: That puck is ticketed for Chelyabinsk for Ma and Pa Kuznetsov to enjoy. [Sport Express]
  • Oh hai there, ridiculous four-way tie in the Eastern Conference standings. Who ya got? [CSNW]
  • Phrasing, people!  All this chatter about blown two-goal leads. [Puck Daddy]
  • Best. ))))  Evgeny Kuznetsov is settling into Stateside life. [CSNW]
  • Hmm.  Let's have a look at post-trade Ryan Miller vs. post-trade Jaroslav Halak , shall we? [Bleed in Blue]
  • Stop me if you've heard this before - Ovechkin has 48 goals and is now a minu...oh, right. [Too Many Men]
  • Brooks Laich checked in with the Sports Junkies. [106.7 The Fan]
  • Down in Hershey, Philipp Grubauer has suddenly hit a rough patch, and it's costing the team. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, the Verizon Center experience received a glowing review from a visiting Kings fan, complete with a nice shout out to Goat and a bit of befuddlement when it was time to unleash the fury. [HB]