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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking ahead to tonight's clash of the capitals, talking trade deadline and free agency, and more.

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  • Previews of tonight's showdown with Ottawa from VogsNHL.comAPOttawa Citizen, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Silver Seven for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • The Caps will hit the ice in Ottawa looking to spoil the festivities as longtime Chris Phillips gets set to break Daniel Alfredsson's record of games played for the franchise. [Ottawa Sun (and again), Ottawa Citizen]
    • A couple of young Ottawa players are eagerly awaiting their first chance to take on one of the League's best in Alex Ovechkin. [Ottawa Sun (and again)]
  • Caps' GM Brian MacLellan talks about his team today and where they could be in a month as he draws closer to his first trade deadline. [WaPoCSNW]
  • The team will have a couple of crucial tests ahead of them between now and then that may help determine what the Caps do on March 2. [Shadows on the Ice]
  • Don't. Trade. Mike. Green. [CSNWStars and Sticks]
  • ...is not something being said by Red Wing fans. Back off, vultures. [WIIM]
  • Mike Milbury actually saying nice things about Ovechkin?? Sure, he doesn't look all that thrilled about it... but he did say it and there's video proof! [CSNW]
  • Both Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have been inching closer to the franchise mark in assists. So who gets there first... and who holds it longer? [Caps Outsider]
  • Welcome back, Cameron Schilling. [Caps]
  • Congrats to Al Koken, who will be honored by Comcast this Sunday for his 30 years of Caps' coverage - well deserved, sir! [CSNWWaPoTalk the Red]
  • The blueline has been crucial to the production of offense this season, and it's something they've worked on in practice. [WaPo]
  • Updates on contract talks (or lack thereof) with a couple of pending free agents. [CSNW]
  • Thoughts on the tight Metropolitan Division, the Caps' blanking of the Cup champs and more. [ESPN]
  • The Caps are looking at Tuesday night's 4-0 win over the Kings as a blueprint for success going forward. [NBC4]
  • Prior to that big win, Barry Trotz shook up his forward lines - and it paid off. [WaPoWashTimes]
  • It's not like the Caps didn't know how good Braden Holtby was before, but putting up three straight donuts in regulation will get those songs of praise turned up to 11. [WaPo]
  • In fact, Braden, Brooks and Brouwer are all awesome. [RMNB]
  • It's been a trend all year long - when the Caps score first, they win. [CSNW]
  • Imagine the Jets' much-maligned winger Evander Kane in a Caps' jersey. And then wipe the drool off your keyboard. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Don't look now, but the underlying stats for the Caps have them looking like an elite team. [Stars and Sticks]
  • More on Nathan Walker's season-ending ACL injury, and what it could mean for him next year. [CSNW]
  • Finally, happy 34th birthday to three-time Capital Kris Beech.