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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Flyers Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps have a date at the Wells Fargo Center, a reminder to appreciate Alex Ovechkin, checking in on Andre Burakovsky and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's phling with Philly from Vogs (plus game notes),, Peerless and NVC, and check out our SB Nation buddies at Broad Street Hockey for the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • T.J. Oshie and Taylor Chorney will see a familiar face behind the home bench tonight - their University of North Dakota coach, Dave Hakstol. [CSNMA]
    • Philly is hoping "compete level" can translate into "offense." [Courier Post]
    • Philly is also hoping it has a plan to contain the Caps' captain. []
    • On Wednesday, old friend Michal Neuvirth was sent to see the doctor for "rehab" but states he's just fine. Regardless, Steve Mason will have the cage tonight. []
    • Jakub Voracek and the rest of the Flyers welcomed a special guest to their practice yesterday and darnit the room just got a little dusty. [BSH]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday's loss:
    • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
    • Rank this, Rink. [Rink]
    • Brooks Orpik left the game with a lower-body injury and was scheduled for medical re-evaluation on Wednesday. [WaPo, THW]
    • Retired netminder Marty Biron provided some 'nalysis of Braden Holtby's technique on the only goal scored Tuesday night. [CSNMA]
    • Sergei Fedorov was a Cap for a time, but entered the HHOF a Red Wing at heart. [WaPo]
  • "Regardless if you appreciate Alex Ovechkin today, someday you are going to be telling your grandchildren how amazing he was when you watched him. It might be time to stop overanalyzing Ovechkin's game and simply enjoy the entertaining player he is." [USA Today]
  • Ovi + Nicklas Backstrom + Evgeny Kuznetsov = Awesomesauce. [106.7 The Fan]
  • 'Sup, Andre Burakovsky? [Rink]
  • Two suits and a dream: Chandler Stephenson is trying to stick around in the NHL. [WaPo]
  • Here's a list of five good goalies and Holtby is one of 'em... [IBT]
  • ... and he's also on this list of the ten best beards in the Lig, along with a familiar former Cap. [TSN]
  • The Hershey Bears visit Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday and Zach Sill is gearing up to face his former team. [Patriot-News]
  • Prospect update: Pre-Caps are taking the NCAA by storm. [Caps Outsider]
  • Oh hai there Andrew Gordon. It's good to know that things are good for you in Sweden. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 53rd birthday to Mark Hunter.