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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Hockey (briefly) returns to the District, Barry Trotz prepares to head home, and more.

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  • FINALLY. Previews of the return of hockey from NHL.comAPPeerlessFriends in Cold PlacesNoVa Caps, and the Flyers (video), and be sure to check out the always awesome folks at Broad Street Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • It may have been where his career started, but Mike Richards isn't all that concerned about facing the Flyers as a member of the Caps. []
    • It's pretty fun to see the Caps as the measuring-stick team for the rest of the League, isn't it? []
    • Despite some mysterious goalie issues, it looks like the Caps will be facing former pal Michal Neuvirth for the first time tonight. [FOX SportsCourier Post Online]
  • Looking at the week ahead as only our own Jason Rogers can do. [Rink]
  • This Caps squad has drawn all kinds of comparisons to one of the best teams in franchise history, the 2009-10 crew - so how do they compare? [WTOP]
  • Finding time for the two make-up games against the Penguins and Ducks is not going to be an easy task. [CSNMA]
  • It's been 23 years since the last time the Caps had to reschedule a couple of games. Oh, how times have changed... [Dump 'n Chase]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinBackstrom)]
    • The team's return to the ice may not be the only thing to celebrate tonight. They may - MAY - also have John Carlson back! [Monumental video (Carlson), WaPoCSNMA]
    • Most of the Caps might have welcomed a little time away from the rink to regroup; Mike Richards has had just about enough time away, thanks. [WaPo]
    • How Andre Burakovsky got his groove back. [WaPo]
  • The coveted Hockey Night in Canada towel has taken on a mythology all its own. []
  • After a lengthy, snow-induced break, the Caps are preparing for... well, another lengthy break. Hooray! [Pressbox DC]
  • Barry Trotz heads back to Nashville this weekend with the pride of getting his team to the top spot in the League - and without the pressure of having to beat his old team. [NHL.comNashville Post]
  • Grades, musings and takeaways on the League as the All-Star Break draws closer. [USA Today]
  • How awesome has three-on-three overtime been? So awesome, even the coaches can't ruin it. [National Post]
  • Like many other happy, smiling children around the DC metro area, Nate Schmidt spent his snow day playing in the snow. [RMNB]
  • Putting together an All-Assistant Captain Team. [THW]
  • Checking in on Caps' prospect Zach Sanford. [StarsandSticks]
  • Finally, happy 61st birthday to Brian Engblom, and happy 32nd to D.J. King.