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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Shake off the Thanksgiving coma with a preview of tonight's hockey and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Bolts from NHL.comAP, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Raw Charge for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Conventional wisdom states that teams in a playoff position by Thanksgiving can pretty much expect to make the postseason come springtime. Here's hoping... [ESPN]
  • News and notes from a pre-Thanksgiving skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz), Caps OT (Ovi and Oshiestretchesfamily time]
    • Getting Nicklas Backstrom back on the top line has been key to getting him back to his old self. [WaPo]
    • Brooks Orpik's continued absence with an injury has opened the door for increased responsibility for Nate Schmidt. [WashTimes]
    • After spending a few weeks in Hershey on a conditioning stint, Chris Brown is back with the Caps. [CapsWaPo]
  • It's time for everyone drooling over the Habs and (inexplicably) fawning over the Rangers to turn a little of that attention on the Caps, darn it. [ESPN (DGB)]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday night's win over Winnipeg. [Dump 'n ChaseRMNBFriends in Cold Places]
    • It took a long time - and a bit of elevation - but Alex Ovechkin finally got his second power-play goal of the season. [WaPo]
    • Rank 'em! [Rink]
  • Prospect updates from around the minor-league ranks. [CSNMA]
  • More giving thanks, hockey style. [Puck DaddyThe ScoreCSNMAStars and Sticks]
  • Finally, happy 57th birthday to Al Jensen.