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Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Canadiens Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing tonight's visit from the Habs, the Caps swing a depth deal, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps have acquired defenseman Mike Weber from Buffalo for a third-round pick in 2017. [CapsRinkDie by the BladeSBN, SabresAPCBS SportsWaPoWashTimes, CSNMABuffalo NewsWKBWPuck DaddyRMNBDSPPressbox DCTHWTSS]
    • Weber has something of a... er, "feisty" past with his new teammates. [Caps Outsider]
  • The newest Hershey Bear, Scott Gomez, has been "on the radar" for the Caps' brass (although that may be moot after yesterday's trade). [Rink]
  • A few more (pre-trade) insights into the Caps' pre-trade deadline plans. [WaPoCSNMAESPN ($), 
    My NHL Trade Rumors]
  • Previews of a visit from Les Habitants from NHL.com and NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Eyes on the Prize for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • Marcus Johansson continues to be out with the flu and is questionable for tonight. [WaPo]
    • Meanwhile, Montreal will be without defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (and perhaps forward Dale Weise), with recent acquisition Victor Bartley ready to make his Canadiens debut. [Hockey Inside/Out (and again)]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has the magic touch, as one would expect of someone nicknamed "Harry Potter". [USA Today]
  • Stanley Cup or bust? For the players it is. [CBS DC (WilliamsOrpik)]
  • While they prepare for what will hopefully be a long postseason run, the team isn't losing sight of just how special this season has been. [CSNMA]
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T, baby. Or perhaps a lack thereof. [ESPN]
  • They may or may not be getting the appropriate level of respect from the hockey world, but they've got the attention of our local football pals. [Hogs Haven]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinCarlsonRinkside Update/Orpik), CSNMAJournal de Montreal]
    • With the team's increasing depth up the middle, Michael Latta has been making the adjustment to wing in order to keep a spot in the lineup. [WaPo]
    • The toughest opponent for the Caps down the stretch: Complacency. [WaPo]
    • Second toughest: focus out of the gate. Thankfully, they've had the resilency - so far - to overcome early deficits. [WashTimes]
    • Rejoice, and disregard potential salary cap implications, because Jay Beagle could be back in the lineup by next week! [WashTimes]
  • Drawing comparisons between the Caps and the top team in another league that uses a some sort of large, inflated, orange puck. [WaPo (and again)]
  • A few leftovers from Monday night's victory over the 'Yotes. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Mike Richards has been given a second chance with the Caps, and he's making the most of it. [Friends in Cold Places]
  • Next month the Caps will celebrate Swedish Heritage Night; yesterday, the team's top Swede paid a visit to his embassy to kick off the event. [Monumental (pics)]
  • Eight players who are most deserving of their first Stanley Cup... including a certain #8. [THW]
  • Farm update. [NoVa Caps]
  • Looking back at the trade deadline ten years ago. [THW]
  • And you thought it took a long time to get to Verizon Center on the Metro... imagine flying across the Atlantic! [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 58th birthday to Tim Coulis, and happy 30th to Wojtek Wolski.