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Tuesday Caps Clips: Rivalry Night Prep

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Practice, a holiday hospital visit and more.

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  • The team held a spirited practice on Monday to get ready for Philly on Rivalry Night... [NoVa Caps, FiCP]
  • ... and then they headed over to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to bring some holiday cheer and toasty warm Ellie’s Hats for the children there. [NoVa Caps, FiCP, CSNMA]
  • It’s a balancing act with forwards rotating in and out of the lineup, and Coach Trotz is trying to find some time for the Hershey hopefuls as well. [WaPo]
  • Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov have been helping one another through their early-season slumps... [WaPo]
  • ... while Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky have been - something. [RMNB]
  • Maybe Burky gets back in the lineup on Wednesday. [CSNMA]
  • Lars Eller has been upping his game with more familiarity with his new team. [WashTimes]
  • A reduced role seems to be suiting Brooks Orpik. [NoVa Caps]
  • Related - the Caps need more production from their d-men. [CSNMA]
  • Salary cap compliance and the eternal struggle. [NoVa Caps]
  • Le flair de Barry Trotz. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Congrats to CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Hershey goaltender Vitek Vanecek. [NoVa Caps, The Hershey Bears]