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Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The puck drops on the World Championship quarter-finals today - Ovechkin probably will play and Grabovski might not, plus a Trotz sighting in DC.

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  • The quarter-finals get underway today in Minsk:
    • Team USA takes on the Czechs in the first match of the day.
    • Canada and its leading scorer (6-3-9) Joel Ward will attempt to shoulder their way past the Finns. [The Province (pracky pics)]
    • Host Belarus will have to slug it out with the defending champion Swedes, for sure without their starting goaltender and quite possibly without Mikhail Grabovski . Grabo sustained an undisclosed injury late in the game against Latvia, sat out the Russia game, and will be a game-time decision today. []
    • Russia will face France.  Alex Ovechkin took part in the team's practice yesterday, and most signs point to him playing in the game. [RMNB, NHL.comWaPo, CSNW, (pracky pics)]
    • Just for fun, here's a behind-the-scenes look at the WC jersey workroom. [IIHF (video)]
  • Closer to home, former Nashville bench boss Barry Trotz was apparently in town, and talking with the Caps' brass. [WaPo, CSNW, TSN,, TMM, PHT]
    • Oh, and all those reports about the Great One?  Never happened, sez he. [TSN]
    • Here's why head coaching experience might not need to be a factor in the Caps' hiring decisions. [RMNB]
  • The year in:
  • The case for signing Ryan Miller. [THW]
  • Congratulations are in order for Brian Pinho, who scored the go-ahead gamewinner to secure the USHL championship for the Indiana Ice. [RMNBUSHL Interactive (post-game interview)]
  • Finally, happy 58th birthday to Tom Rowe.