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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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  • 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 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.