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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps pay a visit to Consol Energy Center, hockey analytics get their day in the spotlight, everyone's talking about Braden Holtby and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of this evening's pas de deux with the Pens from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, Caps Outsider, NVC and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at PensBurgh for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Holtbymania:
    • Our own Rob Parker wrote about Holtby's bona fides for the Vezina Trophy and then discussed 'em with John Walton. [Rink, Rink on the Radio]
    • "The most interesting man in the world." [Globe and Mail]
    • Holtby and coach Mitch Korn - kindred spirits. [NYT]
    • Saucemeister. [RMNB]
    • Related: Not that Holtby needs to be looking over his shoulder or anything, but the Caps' goaltending prospects and organizational depth are quite strong. [InGoal Magazine]
  • Oh sure, the Caps have clinched their playoff berth, but this is no time to rest. Karl Alzner can't even. [WaPo]
  • Keep an eye out for a bit of tinkering and/or fine-tuning. Coach wants to keep his team fresh and flexible. [WaPo]
  • The Adam LaRoche baseball saga spurs some discussion of kids in hockey clubhouses. [CSNMA]
  • #fancystats in the news:
    • The recent Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at MIT had this interesting observation from Tim Barnes, the Caps' director of hockey analytics: "I’m more about pricing. Where do we buy, where do we sell with a player contract." [Boston Globe]
    • Can analytics predict the playoffs? [TSS]
  • You'll need to fire up Google Translate, but here are two excellent long interviews with the Caps' Euro players:
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov had a long conversation with HC Traktor, his KHL team back home in Chelyabinsk. Takeaways - his final season in Russia was quite chaotic, and his transition to "enhaelovsky" was harder than he made it look. But it's all good now. [hctraktor.ru]
    • Andre Burakovsky keeps careful track of his ice time and assignments. Things are going well now for him in Washington, and he's hoping he can turn a very good regular season into even better playoffs and perhaps consideration for the World Cup on a stacked Team Sweden. [skd.se]
    • It's not an interview, but goaltender Ilya Samsonov visited a [boarding school or orphanage] to visit with the students there. Incidentally, Metallurg dispensed with Sibir Novosibirsk earlier this week and are on to the conference semifinals. [metallurg.ru (video)]
  • Happy 33rd birthday to Dennis Wideman.