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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing a Thanksgiving Eve showdown, the Iron Man visits Kettler and more.

St Louis Blues v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Comparing Braden Holtby circa 2016-17, with Braden Holtby circa 2015-16. Does the Vezina winner have another trophy-worthy season in him? [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Blues from Vogs, NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our pals over at St. Louis Gametime for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Hear from the Caps and coach after today's practice. [Monumental video (Trotz, Wilson, Rinkside Update/Sanford)]
  • Sounds like Lars Eller could possibly make his return against the Blues tonight after aggravating an old injury against the Red Wings. [WaPo, CSNMA (and again)]
  • With Eller out, Zach Sanford got another shot at a familiar position. [WaPo]
  • The Caps had a special guest at Kettler today, with Orioles legend Cal Ripken stopping by to watch practice and speak to the boys afterward. [Monumental video, Caps OT (Ripken watching practice, team meeting, team picture), NHL.com, WaPo, CSNMA, The Score]
  • Everyone loves Jay Beagle! [CSNMA]
  • More John Tortorella whining about Barry Trotz "whining". [THN]
  • Looking at how each of the teams has done so far compared to preseason predictions. [ESPN ($)]
  • The potential for another trip to the Olympics and more in the always great 30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman. [Sportsnet]
  • Alex Ovechkin's former coach weighs in on the similarities between #8 and Patrick Laine. [Twin Cities]
  • Is the line shuffling hurting Evgeny Kuznetsov's return to form? [Fanrags Sports]
  • Welcome to the NHL, Golden Knights! [NHL.com, SBN, Puck Daddy, NYT, ESPN, THW]
  • Might old GM George McPhee snap up Dmitry Orlov in next summer's expansion draft? [RMNB]
  • Now that we know the name of the 31st NHL team, find out how the other 30 monikers came to be. [NHL.com]
  • Paying tribute to the man, the myth, the legend, Peter Bondra. [NoVa Caps]
  • Always good to teach the young'uns important hockey skills, like... face-punching. [RMNB]
  • After last year's John Scott debacle - yes, debacle - the NHL is limiting fan input on this year's selections. Good move or bad move? [NoVa Caps]
  • Behold the most glorious mustaches in NHL history. [SI]
  • Finally, the happiest of birthdays to Nicklas Backstrom, who turns 29 today.