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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Isle come to town, Jakub Vrana gets his callup, improving accuracy on the power play and more.

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  • Oh hai there Jakub Vrana - welcome to Washington and the NHL! With TJ Oshie still on the mend, the Caps have called up their 2014 first-round draft pick. Paul Carey also gets a callup, and Zach Sanford heads to Hershey. [Chocolate Hockey, Caps Today, NHL.com, NoVa Caps, FiCP, Caps Outsider, RMNB, Barry Melrose Rocks, PHT, CSNMA, WaPo]
  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Isle from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, Fox Sports, Peerless, and NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our hilarious friends over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Jawohl, it’s German Heritage Night! [FiCP]
  • Matt Niskanen appears to be recovered sufficiently to return to the ice. [CSNMA, FiCP]
  • Coach is changing up the forward lines once again. [CSNMA]
  • At the quarter mark - NoVa Caps reviews the forwards and the team’s strength at even strength.
  • “And for a power play that seemed to have evolved from relying on Ovechkin’s shot to relying on the threat of Ovechkin’s shot, having those non-Ovechkin shooters hit the net is going to go a long way towards improving the power play’s overall effectiveness.” [Rink]
  • The question that just won’t go away - Does Alex Ovechkin need a Cup to somehow “validate” his career? Coach Trotz says “No, but...” [WaPo]
  • Newly minted FIFA ambassador Ovechkin talks about meeting Lionel Messi, why he plays in goal on the soccer pitch, and a super-secret wager he has with a couple of members of Team Russia. [FIFA.com]
  • Related: “When you connect with audiences, you drive business. Ovi has proven he can do that from the US to Canada, to Russia, and many other places around the world.” Alex Ovechkin’s agent David Abrutyn had some thoughts as Ovechkin’s latest endorsement deal is announced. [RMNB]
  • Can the Caps afford to re-sign Karl Alzner? Can they afford to not re-sign him? [CSNMA]
  • Wrapping up Casino Night. [RMNB (pics), NoVa Caps (pics)]
  • Finally, happy 65th birthday to Rick Bragnalo.