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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Lightning Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of a date with the Bolts, looking back at some notable debuts and more.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's visit to Tampa Bay from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, AP, KRDO, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Raw Charge for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Like the Caps, the Lightning have been scuffling of late, but their GM says no shakeups areforthcoming. Yet. [TBTimes]
  • Leftovers from Thursday's loss to the Isles. [Rink, CSNMA, Newsday]
  • Two turnovers, two goals, and Dmitry Orlov is taking sole ownership of the blame. [WashTimes, RMNB]
  • They may have lost the game, but the Caps dominated pretty much everywhere except the scoreboard. [RMNB]
  • While the game itself was something of a disappointment, the same can't be said for Jakub Vrana,, who settled in quite nicely in his first NHL outing. [WaPo, WashTimes, CSNMA]
  • Vrana was just the latest in a long line of recent first-round picks to make their NHL debut in a Caps jersey. [Rink]
  • What's up with Andre Burakovsky? [NoVa Caps]
  • The power play is probably the most noticeable - and concerning - of the Caps’ issues right now, and they're running out of excuses. [NoVa Caps]
  • The NHL had an offer on the table for the players to extend the CBA in exchange for continued participation at the Olympics... but it's reportedly a no-go. [AP, Puck Daddy]
  • Checking in with the Caps during, and after, their pre-flight practice yesterday. [Monumental video (Carey, Rinkside Update/Vrana), NoVa Caps]
  • Justin Williams is mired in a season-long slump, but isn't letting it get him down. [WaPo]
  • Right now the NHL is filled with emerging young talent - and yet it's still Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby leading the way. Amazing. [The Score]
  • Recapping a highly successful Casino Night. [CSNMA]
  • Finally, happy 36th birthday to Joel Ward!