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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps kick off their 3-game Central Division swing with a visit to Smashville on the same day that Andre Burakovsky turns 21.

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  • Congrats are in order for prospect forward Jakub Vrana , whose three goals, four assists, and seven points in three games earned him AHL Player of the Week honors. [Chocolate Hockey, theAHL]
  • Previews of tonight's prowl with the Preds from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com and Peerless and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at On the Forecheck for the other side of today's matchup.
    • Connor Carrick and Paul Carey are not expected to be along on this trip as they were reassigned to Hershey yesterday... [WaPo]
    • ... which means the Caps are optimistic (or perhaps just hopeful) that one or both of Brooks Orpik and Marcus Johansson will be ready for duty on this roadie. [CSNMA]
    • In possibly related news, the Caps' power play needs... something. Or someone. [PHT, WashTimes]
    • Nashville's infamous $2,500-per-game "jock tax" has been rescinded and the players who paid it in years past will receive at least partial refunds. [Sports Business Daily]
  • A few leftover's from Sunday's super win:
    • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
    • With a scoring change, King Karl was awarded an assist and his 100th NHL point for Matt Niskanen's game-winner. [@WashCaps]
    • And yep, that goal was pretty unbelievable. Just ask his teammates. [CSNMA (video)]
  • The Week That Was, Volume 17. [Peerless, RMNB, NoVa Caps Fans, All About the Jersey (with the Metro lowdown)]
  • As if all of Alex Ovechkin's milestones weren't enough, the Caps as a team have a couple in sight as well. [CSNMA]
  • Coach Trotz is gonna keep his boys sticking to the script, though. No time for laurel-resting in Trotztown. [CSNMA, CBS DC]
  • Fortunately, the lads just like spending time together, and a nice three-game roadie gives them a chance to do just that. [WashTimes]
  • Steady Eddie Karl Alzner is durable, dependable, and upping his game this year on both sides of the puck. He's also getting some World Cup notice from Team Canada brass. [THW]
  • Also on the World Cup radar for Team Good Guys are T.J. Oshie and John Carlson . #merica [NHL.com]
  • Braden Holtby sez bring on the starts. He's ready, able, and very willing. [WaPo]
  • Why did Justin Williams come to Washington? Justin Williams came to Washington to win. [CSNMA (video)]
  • For Caps fans who also love Playmobil toys, your ship just came in. [Gizmodo]
  • Boston College met Boston University last night for all the beans in the 2016 Beanpot Tournament Final. A fantastic goalie duel brought the 'Pot to its first ever 0-0 overtime match. Caps prospect and Boston College forward Zach Sanford fed Minny prospect Alex Tuch for the gamewinner: [BC Eagles, The Heights]
  • Finally, wishing Andre Burakovsky a very happy 21st birthday, and a Funfetti™-frosted goal or three.