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Tuesday Caps Clips: Kings @ Capitals Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of Caps/Kings, Ovechkin was the best hockey player on earth in January and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • A 1-2-1 week has the Caps rockin' the wrong kind of red. [Rink]
  • Jay Beagle is many things (a lot of which are positive), but an acceptable first-line right wing is not one of them. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's date with the Champs from VogsNHL.com and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Jewels From The Crown and Battle of California for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • The Kings spent part of yesterday with the world's most famous Blackhawks fan... [Puck Daddy]
    • ... somewhere the Caps have been before, though never for quite so happy an occasion. [Rink]
    • Been a while since Washington has downed their former division rival, eh?
  • Alex Ovechkin was recognized for his sensational January with the League's "First Star" for the month... [Capitals (with pics of his handiwork), WaPoCSNW]
  • ... and is earning the praise of a recent Jack Adams winner for his improved all-around game. [CSNW]
  • But all is not joyous in the nation's capital, where Barry Trotz is making some lineup decisions that aren't sitting well (as noted at the top of this post). [BrooksLaichyearStars and Sticks]
  • The Caps, though, still feel good about themselves. [WaPo]
  • Well, most of them, at least. [WaPo]
  • Oh, and knower-of-things Bob McKenzie believes Mike Green will be traded, so buckle up. [The ScorePHTRMNB]
  • Breaking down Barry's forecheck. [Along The Boards]
  • Hockey teams ranked by power. [ESPNTHNSB Nation]
  • John Carlson's football team did better than his hockey team on Sunday. [WaPo]
  • Mike Vogel chats with one of the 40 Greatest Caps, fan-favorite and local-boy-done-good Jeff Halpern. [Monumental (video)]
  • Something about Braden Holtby and Tom Wilson that probably has nothing to do with hockey (I don't know, I didn't read it). [Washington Life Magazine]
  • Meanwhile, as Justin Peters struggles, Philipp Grubauer shines in Hershey. Hmm. [Patriot-News]
  • Join PuckBuddys, see the world! (Next stop, Slovakia.) [PuckBuddys]
  • Finally, happy 24th birthday to Chris Brown and happy 47th to Frantisek Kucera, the marquee name in one of the most important trades in Caps history.