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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's battle with the Sharks, which kicks off the team's West Coast swing - and fathers' trip.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Is Alex Ovechkin D.C.'s greatest pro athlete of the last half century? How is this even a question? [WaPo]
  • Previews of tonight's visit to the Shark Tank from VogsNHL.comAP and Peerless, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Fear the Fin for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Today marks the first stop on a crucial four-game road trip, three of which will be in California... [Caps OT (departurearrival), WaPoCSNW]
  • ...and also kicks off the annual fathers' trip, where the boys (and for the first time, some of the staff) get to bring their dads along for the ride. [WaPoWashTimes]
  • Ahead of yesterday's flight out west, the Caps recalled defenseman Steve Oleksy to be the team's seventh defenseman on the road trip. [CapsCSNW]
  • It's been a rough season for backup goalie Justin Peters, who most recently had to sit in the stands to watch as Philipp Grubauer got the start against the Ducks. [WaPo]
  • Brooks Orpik talks about the smooth transition from Penguin to Capital, and how not having to play against Ovechkin has been easier on his body. [USA Hockey]
  • He's also one of four Caps' defensemen to have *knocks on wood* played in *tosses salt over shoulder* every game *sacrifices a goat* this season. [NBC4]
  • More thoughts on the Caps and a potential trade for Evander Kane (and be sure to check out our take here). [Along the Boards]
  • And more trade talk in general as the deadline draws ever closer. [Pressbox DC]
  • One area that might need addressing? The coveted right-wing spot alongside Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. [DSP]
  • Amazingly, the Caps look like a top-ten team despite Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan's all-out war on the youth of the organization. [RMNB]
  • Speaking of which... newly 20 years old, Andre Burakovsky is looking for more ice time. [CSNW]
  • Prospect updates:
    • Nate Schmidt is on the road to recovery, and Nathan Walker's knee surgery has been scheduled... [Patriot-News]
    • ...while a lingering shoulder injury has sadly put an end to the season for captain Dane Byers. [Patriot-News]
    • Congratulations to Caps' prospect Travis Boyd, who earned both Big Ten and NCAA Third Star honors following a six-point week and his first career hat trick. [Gopher SportsStar Tribune]
  • The Caps have climbed the standings over the last two months, and are now within a stone's throw of the top two spots in the Metro. So how did they do it? [RMNB]
  • Offering a twist on statistical analysis, using NHL equivalencies with Caps' veterans. [THW]
  • Get an up-close look at former Cap Joe Juneau's amazing hockey program in Northern Canada. [Sportsnet (video)]
  • The Secretary of Defense checks in on a list of the top-ten weird hockey birthplaces. [Greatest Hockey Legends]
  • Hershey hockey in sloooooooooow mooooooooooootiooooooon. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 38th birthday to Dwayne Hay, happy 61st to Brian Kinsella, and happy 67th to Lew Morrison.