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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Sabres Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Shaking off the Thanksgiving rust with a little early evening hockey, stars are shining bright early in the season and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of this evening's battle against Buffalo from Vogs, AP, NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Die by the Blade for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • After missing the last six weeks with a high ankle sprain, Jack Eichel was back on the ice yesterday - but won't be with the Sabres at Verizon Center tonight. [NHL.com, Buffalo News]
  • Jay Beagle has pretty well mastered the defensive side of his game, and has shifted his attention to the offense. [WaPo]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday's win over the Blues. [Rink, Dump 'n Chase, SLGT, FiCP, RMNB]
  • Once a strength of the team under Barry Trotz, the Caps are getting a bit loose in the third period these days. [CSNMA]
  • The League's stars, including Alex Ovechkin, are shining bright right now. [NHL.com, TSN, CBC]
  • With his 16th hat trick on Wednesday, Ovechkin moves closer to Peter Bondra's franchise mark. [NHL.com]
  • Collegiate players in the organization are killin' it on campus these days. [Caps Outsider]
  • Traditionally Thanksgiving gives us a good idea of who will be in the postseason next spring; who each team will face, however, is much less predictable. [Score]
  • The list of players exempt from the upcoming expansion draft is out (albeit subject to change) and the Caps have... none. [THN]
  • Finally, happy 66th birthday to Bob Kelly, and happy 25th to Philipp Grubauer.