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Monday Caps Clips: Training Days

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Daily Washington News and notes: The practices are not optional this week as the team prepares for the final nine games of the regular season, three prospects are headed to the NCAA tournament and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Week That Was, Volume 24. [PeerlessIn Lou We Trust (with the Metro lowdown)]
  • The Caps don't play again until Thursday, and then play a three-in-four including NSH/@NYR back-to-back. Time to get to work, sez Coach. Practicing systems and whatnot starting this morning. [WaPo, CSNW]
  • That's a lot of scoreboard watching this week. [CSNW]
  • Yes, the fourth line has been quite stout recently, but if #8 and #19 aren't scoring, the team isn't winning. [WaPo]
  • Team Sweden head coach Per Marts and other members of the Tre Kronor brass are Stateside, doing outreach for the World Cup. Sverige Radio was tagging along and chatted with Nick Backstrom. He enjoyed his All-Star break in Miami, thankyouverymuch. [Radiosporten, via GoogleSvensk]
  • Lots of prospect news:
    • The NCAA tournament brackets and seedings are set. The Caps have three prospects headed to the dance. [Eye on Hockey]
    • #4 Miami of Ohio will meet the Providence Friars in the East Region quarterfinals at the ultra-neutral site of... Providence. Miami will be missing NCHC tournament MVP Blake Coleman for the first game to suspension, and might be missing Riley Barber, who sustained a left knee injury in the NCHC final on Saturday.  Zachary Sanford and Boston College will face Denver. Ladies and gentlemen, the 2015 Group of Death. [BC Interruption, WCPO]
    • Travis Boyd and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will face Minnesota-Duluth on the Northeast Regional in Manchester, NH. The winner of that game gets the winner of Yale-Boston U.
    • Madison Bowey's Kelowna Rockets wrapped up the regular season with a win. The Rockets are the Western Conference regular season champions, but fell just short of the WHL championship to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Bowey was named his team's best defenseman, and holy cow there was a Bowey lovefest in the media this weekend. [Rockets TV (video), Dobber Hockey, NHL.com Sunday Long Read]
    • Tyler Lewington had a goal and two assists and was named First Star of the Game in the last-ever regular season game played at Medicine Hat Arena.  The Tigers are moving to their new MH barn next season. They will face the Red Deer Rebels in the first round of the WHL playoffs next week. [WHL Brackets, WHL.ca, ChatTelevision (video)]
  • Oh hai there new lady friend of Alex Ovechkin. The Captain had some personal news to share this weekend. [RMNB, SovSport]
  • Finally, happy 39th birthday to Nolan Baumgartner, happy 57th to Bengt Gustafsson, and happy 27th to Michal Neuvirth.