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Friday Caps Clips: Stars @ Capitals Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's visit from the Stars, Alex Ovechkin continues to make history and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's dance with the Stars from VogsNHL.com and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Defending Big D for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • Sounds like Jay Beagle and Brooks Orpik are out tonight, while Mike Green is a question mark. [WaPo, CSNW]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzBackstromRinkside Update/Fehr)]
    • Nicklas Backstrom is now tied for the franchise lead in assists, a milestone that is just a bonus for the world's quietest superstar. [WaPo]
    • The Caps have had relatively good luck in the health department this season... until now. [WaPo]
    • Speaking of battered, bruised, and out, John Erskine took his first turn around the ice at Kettler this season as he continues to rehab from his preseason surgery. [CSNW]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday's loss:
    • Ugly loss, beautiful pictures from Clyde. [Rink]
    • The head-to-head battles with the Rangers are key if the Caps want to climb the standings, and the most recent loss will make that climb even steeper. [WaPo]
    • Was it a playoff preview? [CSNW]
  • With his goal Wednesday night, Alex Ovechkin becomes just the fifth player in NHL history to score 45 goals in a season at least seven times - and only the third to do so before his 30th birthday. In. Sane. [CBS Sports]
  • A look at the leading scorers for each nation in NHL history. [Puck Daddy]
  • Breaking down the awards races - who takes home the hardware this June? [The Score]
  • John Buccigross talks about the Caps' chances to make a run in this year's playoffs. [ESPN]
  • The Caps continue to make wishes come true for some special kids - this time for a 13-year-old who dreamed of playing with Braden Holtby. [Monumental videoWJLAFox 5]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to Kevin "Killer" Kaminski and happy 53rd to Grant Martin.