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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Islanders

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Christmas break is over and the Caps head to Barclays Center and a date with the Isles.

NHL: Washington Capitals at New York Islanders Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's visit to Brooklyn from Vogs, (plus game notes), NHL.com, Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our always awesome SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Nicklas Backstrom is 3 assists away from 500 in his NHL career, and nobody reveres him more than the players who get the grapes from his apples. [WaPo]
  • TJ Oshie is still lights-out in the Gimmick, but apparently the team needs more than him to score, so they are taking extra shootout work in practice. [CSNMA]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov - Not as advertised, at least right now. [NoVa Caps]
  • The Hershey Bears played the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last night and won 5-2. Paul Carey scored a goal to extend his AHL-leading point streak to 19 games. [NoVaCaps]
  • The World Junior Championship tournament is underway. Caps prospect Ilya Samsonov and a grieving Team Russia faced Canada in the opening match and lost 5-3. Here’s a breakdown of Samsonov’s night in goal. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, here’s some holiday fun, Capitals-style. [RMNB (and again)]