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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Predators Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of a visit from the Preds, handicapping Holtby's trophy chances, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's visit from the Predators from VogsPeerlessNoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at On the Forecheck for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • A handful of summertime signings have paid dividends for some teams this year, including one Justin Williams. [ESPN]
  • Williams and more recent acquisition Mike Richards will be able to draw on their championship background to help the Caps in the playoffs. [NoVa Caps]
  • The man behind those signings, GM Brian MacLellan, talks about his management style and his shift from high finance to high-stakes hockey. [USA Today]
  • The playoffs assured, the Caps now set their sights on loftier goals. [CSNMA]
  • With 13 games remaining, it seems like Braden Holtby is going to break Martin Brodeur's wins record... but maybe toss some salt over your shoulder, turn around three times and spit. Just in case. []
  • It'll go in the books as a great season regardless - but is it a Vezina- or Hart-worthy season for Holtby? [RinkTHW]
  • As discussions continue about the size of goalie equipment, proponents include Holtby. [WaPo]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzBeagleSchmidtRinkside Update/Orpik), NoVa Caps]
    • Those pesky slow starts need to go before the playoffs. Don't worry, the Caps are aware. [AP]
    • The defensive pairing of Brooks Orpik and Dmitry Orlov is one that relies on a system of checks and balance. [WaPo]
  • What matters and doesn't matter down the stretch. [NoVa Caps]
  • Reviewing the "controversial" overtime winner from Tuesday night. [NoVa Caps]
  • Celebrating 25 years on the air for the inimitable, incomparable and always entertaining Craig Laughlin. [WashTimes, CSNMA]
  • Finally, happy 38th birthday to Jan Bulis, happy 32nd to Jonas Johansson, happy 44th to Craig Johnson, and happy 42nd to Brantt Myhres.