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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A brief history of blown leads, injury update for Niskanen, Erskine’s triumphant return and more.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Stupid Caps and their stupid blown leads. It’s happening so much! Or maybe not so much. [Rink]
  • Hey you guys, Rob Vollman sez the Caps are still the team to beat in the East - they just need to start scoring again. Which they will. [ESPN $]
  • Previews of this evening's battle against Buffalo from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, AP, STATS LLC, Peerless, NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Die by the Blade for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Matt Niskanen will miss his first game as a Capital - he is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury, and did not travel with the team. [WaPo, CSNMA, NoVa Caps]
  • With Niskanen on the shelf, welcome back Aaron Ness, who has been recalled from Hershey. [Caps Today, WaPo, CSNMA, NoVa Caps]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday’s victory over the Bruins:
  • TJ Oshie returned to the ice for the first time in seven games. His shifts were kept short. [WaPo]
  • Some numbers from the morning after the night before. [RMNB]
  • Oh hai there Justin Williams goal-scoring. You were missed. [WaPo]
  • After the game, the players held a “players-only meeting.” What exactly happens when they close the door? [CSNMA]
  • It sure was nice to see John Erskine back in the Phonebooth. [Caps Outsider, Monumental]
  • Finally, I wish I may, I wish I might, have a pizza delivered tonight. Alex Ovechkin teamed up with Papa John’s for a nice charity fundraiser and a hilaribad teevee commercial. [CSNMA, RMNB]