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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing the final regular season meeting of Caps-Pens, Ovechkin gets bad advice and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Breaking down how a couple of recent top liners have drawn success - or ahem, lack thereof - alongside the powerhouse duo of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. [Rink]
  • What a long, strange trip it's been for Eric Fehr, from first-round power forward to clutch scorer. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's final (regular season) battle with the flightless fowl from VogsNHL.comAPPeerlessWaPoCSNW, and from the banks of three rivers, the Post-GazettePittsburgh Tribune-Review, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Pensburgh for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • The Penguins have had a bit of a power-play resurgence of late, and are hoping to keep it rolling against the Caps. [Post-Gazette]
    • Because this is a must-win for them. [Post-Gazette]
    • A look at the marquee matchup - Sidney Crosby vs. Ovechkin, by the numbers. [The Sports Mecca]
    • Marc-Andre Fleury wants to play the Caps in the playoffs. History's obviously on his side... but it's still pretty funny for Fleury of all people to note that regular-season success has no bearing on the playoffs. [CSNW]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice:
  • After years or searching, perhaps the Caps have found their identity. And it involves some bruises. [Talk the RedPressbox DC]
  • They're also getting a balanced scoring attack, something that not many expected when Barry Trotz took over behind the bench. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of Trotz, he took to the airwaves yesterday and, while praising his captain, also perhaps threw one of his predecessors (or maybe more than one) under the bus. Boom. [Sportsnet (original interview), CSNWThe ScoreStars and SticksRMNBPHT]
  • And speaking of Ovechkin, is he now the leading candidate for MVP? [WaPo]
  • For all the talent on the roster right now, the Caps still have a pretty bright future, as well. [HF]
  • The deadline draws closer...
    • With just a handful of days to go until the trade deadline, a few dominoes have fallen... but this is still the calm before the storm. [Yahoo!]
    • Would one of those future dominoes involve Philadelphia sending Kimmo Timonen to Washington? [CSNW]
    • Hard to tell, since the Caps are still trying to "get a read" on their roster. Clock's ticking, fellas. [WaPo]
  • A couple of the Caps (and a feathered friend) took to the ice with some deserving TAPS families yesterday... [Caps OT pics (Niskanen x2HillenSlapshot)]
  • ...while Jay Beagle skated with some youngsters out in Laurel, MD. [Caps Outsider]
  • Updates from Hershey:
    • The Bears have had a number of season-ending injuries already, with Patrick Wey unlikely to be back this year and Nathan Walker set to have knee surgery. [Patriot-News]
    • That infamous line brawl against Bridgeport the other night is making waves - and headlines - around the hockey world. [CSNW]
    • Unfortunately it also resulted in Liam O`Brien getting a couple of games off after leaving the bench during the fracas. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 44th birthday to Byron Dafoe, happy 64th to Andre Peloffy, and happy 29th to the ol' double nickel himself, Jeff Schultz.