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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Canucks come to town, it's time for the midterm grades, Ovi to be honored and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Roundtabling the Caps at the halfway point of the 2015-16 season. [Part I, Part II]
    • At halftime, the Metropolitan Division is Washington and then everyone else. Let's take a look at the teams fighting to be number two. [NVC]
  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Canucks from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, Peerless, Friends in Cold Places and NoVa Caps Fans, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Nucks Misconduct for the other side of tonight's matchup.game.
    • The Caps will honor Alex Ovechkin and his 500th NHL goal with a special ceremony and presentation before the game... [Caps Today, CSNMA]
    • ... and here is the history of the manufacturer of Ovi's shiny new toy. [Caps Outsider]
    • Ryan Miller is expected to be in goal for the Nucks tonight, his first game since dehydration and cramps chased him from the ice in Florida on December 20. [The Province]
    • It's possible that comedian Tom Green will be Unleashing some righteous Fury tonight - he's TBD for a game sometime this weekend. [RMNB]
  • Today in Alex the Great, Strange New Respect Edition:
    • Vancouver columnist ponders Ovechkin's career going forward and (stop me if you've heard this before) how he'll have to change his game in order to save it. But actually it's a pretty enjoyable read. [The Province]
    • Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. This Hawksblogger admits he got Ovi all wrong before, and explains exactly how. [Committed Indian]
    • Perhaps somewhat less respectfully, contemplate the parallels between 500-goal Ovechkin and 600-hundred goal Jarome Iginla. [Down Goes Brown]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice out at Kettler:
  • The Caps are still finding success, even with all those injuries... [CSNMA]
  • ... and solid pro scouting for quality, contributing depth players should get some credit. [CSNMA]
  • Speaking of depth players, Zach Sill has made a good impression. [WaPo]
  • It's a balancing act for a well-balanced squad. [NVC]
  • Braden Holtby is the runaway leader for the Vezina Trophy and here's why. [ESPN $]
  • He's also the leader for the fantasy Vezina, and Coach Trotz gets the nod for fantasy Jack Adams. [ESPN]
  • Holtby may also be the leading candidate to tend goal for Canada in the World Cup. [ESPN]
  • The Special Teams Project kicks off - they want to quantify those minutes that teams spend either a man up or a man down. [NHL Special Teams]
  • Andre Burakovsky's assist on Ovi's 500th goal earned him First Star of the Week for Chosen athletes. [NJ Jewish News]
  • Hockey 'n' Heels, hooray. [Caps Outsider, RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to Eric Charron, and happy birthday to our pal Alan May, who hits... well, he still looks just like he did in his playing days!
  • One more - Steve Dangle brings teh funny: