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Sunday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Canucks Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of Caps-Canucks, Niskanen updates, first goal memories and more.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of an early evening throwdown against the Canucks from Vogs, AP, Peerless, and NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at 'Nucks Misconduct for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Leftovers from Friday's win in Buffalo. [Rink Rank, Dump 'n Chase, CSNMA, Die by the Blade, RMNB]
  • Friday night it was Jakub Vrana picking up his first career NHL goal; Saturday his teammates reminisced about their own milestones. [Monumental video]
  • Checking in with the boys at yesterday's practice. [Monumental video (Trotz, Niskanen, Ness, Rinkside Update/Orlov), NoVa Caps]
  • Matt Niskanen was back on Kettler ice with his 'mates after missing the Buffalo trip, but will need to undergo concussion protocol before getting back into the lineup. [WaPo, RMNB]
  • As for the hit that sidelined him, Niskanen doesn't believe it was dirty and bears no ill will towards Patrice Bergeron. [CSNMA]
  • High ankle sprain healed and mind quieted, Daniel Winnik is seeing the results on the ice. [WaPo]
  • Don't look now but the Caps' power play seems to be finding its groove. Nobody spook it. [WaPo]
  • Same with Evgeny Kuznetsov, whose game has more 'substance' of late. [CSNMA]
  • Meanwhile Nicklas Backstrom's game has needed no improvement as he continues to lead the team in scoring. [NoVa Caps]
  • Yeah, the Caps haven't played their best hockey just yet... but don't worry. They've got the League right where they want 'em. [Fan Rag Sports]
  • The Caps have adopted some families in need this holiday season, and played host to them yesterday after practice. [NoVa Caps]