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Thursday Caps Clips: Wild @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's visit from the Wild, why Alex Ovechkin is really, really good and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's visit from the Wild from VogsNHL.comAPPeerless and the Star Tribune, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Hockey Wilderness for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • Acquired by the Wild a few weeks ago, goaltender Devan Dubnyk knows how dangerous the Caps can be - and the last time he faced them, it turned his season around. [Star Tribune]
  • There's a traffic jam among the League's scoring leaders, but with all of them hovering around the point-per-game mark, where has all the scoring gone? []
  • Well, Alex Ovechkin has a bit of scoring in him - and a lot of it has been clutch. [THN]
  • Brooks Laich is finally healthy, but now has to face being a healthy scratch. [CBS DCCSNW]
  • The new Caps are settling in to their new team and learning on the fly. [WaPo (and again)]
  • The awesome Hilary Knight talks about the growth of women's hockey, and removing the stigma of playing "like a girl". [Puck Daddy]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday's win over 'Lumbus. [WaPoYahoo!
  • That fight-filled game had Eric Fehr waxing nostalgic about his first (and only) NHL fight - against now-teammate Troy Brouwer. [CSNW]
  • What's missing from Marcus Johansson's game? [RMNB]
  • Over the last few weeks, the Caps have been playing with fire, and it's becoming a troubling trend. [Starsand Sticks]
  • A look at the awards landscape as the season rolls into its final quarter. [ESPN]
  • Ranking the powers that be in the Metropolitan Division now that the dust from the trade deadline has settled. [StarsandSticks]
  • The Caps have signed Tyler Lewington, the final pick in the 2013 draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. [CapsWaPoCSNWRMNB
  • Updates from Hershey:
    • Congrats to Steve Oleksy, who has been named captain of the Bears while Dane Byers recovers from a season-ending injury. [Patriot News]
    • After missing about two months with a shoulder injury, Nate Schmidt returned to the lineup for the red-hot Bears. [CSNW]
    • Also returning to the lineup? Andre Burakovsky, who is taking his trip back to Hershey in stride. [Patriot News]
  • Some thoughts about the trade deadline moves that are numerous, if nothing else. [Puck Daddy]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Paul Gardner.