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Tuesday Caps Clips: Practice Resumes

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The team tries to shake off some post-blizzard rust, Kuznetsov will keep other teams honest, prepare yourselves for All-Star Nicklas Backstrom and more.

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  • The team returned to Kettler to shake off the rust and get the legs going again:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Alzner, Niskanen), NoVa Caps Fans]
    • John Carlson completed the practice in full with the team, but he may yet sit out Wednesday's game in favor of a full week's healing. [WaPo]
  • So how did everyone deal with the snow? The same way we all did - a bit of shoveling, a lot of chilling at home:
    • Karl Alzner met a bunch of his neighbors, most of whom wanted him to stop shoveling lest he injure himself and endanger his roster spot for his record-setting game. [Fox Sports]
    • Mike Richards is still new in town, so he and his dad hung out at the hotel and played some cards. [Rinkside Update]
    • Mostly, they all tried to not think too much about the games they weren't playing, knowing that the schedule is pretty brutal on the other side of the All-Star break. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • This particular weekend was popular with the Caps' international fans. We've already met the Swedes who got snowed out, but there were also some disappointed fans from Brazil, and a lucky dude from Germany who ran into Brooks Laich in front of the White House and got the VIP tour of Kettler.
    • Uncle Ted has already announced that those Swedish fans have an invite to the owners' box, and surely the other travelers will receive the same. [Sportsnet, CSNMA]
  • The Week That Was, Volume 15. [Peerless, NVC (and again), All About The Jersey (with the Metro lowdown)]
  • Speaking of the Metro, the Caps are (for the moment) quite comfortably on top of the standings, which leaves teams two through six or even seven in a mad and entertaining scramble for points and position. We're guessing this displeases Alain Vigneault. [NYT]
  • "...a second viable complementary scoring line has made [the Caps] nearly impossible to game plan for."  That secondary scoring line is helmed by Evgeny Kuznetsov and oh my, he is good. [RMNB]
  • Watch out world, you're about to meet Nicklas Backstrom, All-Star. The National Hockey League may never be the same. [NHL.com]
  • There are two kinds of players in the NHL - those worthies who have been awarded the coveted Scott Oake intermission interview plus Hockey Night in Canada towel, and those who have not. [SI.com]
  • Why is the Senators' Jared Cowen considered one of this year's prime trade deadline targets? Because he's really good at hockey he's a perfectly serviceable depth defenseman the team that buys out his contract in the summer will experience sweet, sweet salary cap relief. [VAVEL.com]
  • Finally, happy 58th birthday to Mark Taylor.
  • One more: