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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Islanders Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A final (regular-season) meeting with the Isles awaits, Holtby chases history and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Caps-Islanders battle from VogsNHL.comAPPeerlessNoVa CapsCaps Outsider and FiCP, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • The Caps will be facing a banged-up Islanders team trying to hang on to a playoff spot. [LHH (and again)]
    • Braden Holtby is just one win away from tying Martin Brodeur's record. Hold on to your butts, kids. [WashTimesAPNoVa Caps]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzJohanssonBackstromRinkside Update/Ovechkin)]
    • Nicklas Backstrom is slowly returning to health, and should be back this week... but they're not going to rush him. [WaPoCSNMA (and again)WashTimes]
    • Lately the puck just isn't going into the net for the Caps. They're not worried, though. [WaPo]
    • With just one week to go, the Caps are already excited for the playoffs to start. [WTOP]
    • Barry Trotz also had some thoughts on the playoffs as his team gets geared up for a run. [NoVa Caps]
  • More on the week that was for the Caps. [TSS]
  • 10 things no one predicted would happen for the 2015-16 NHL season. [ESPN]
  • This last week of regular-season play contains some teams you just love to hate - and teams that are tough to beat. [CSNMAFiCP]
  • Five bold playoff predictions. [StarsandSticks]
  • Tom Wilson: Bust? [RMNB]
  • Relive the scrap between Nate Schmidt (yes, that Nate Schmidt) and Max Domi in Saturday's loss to the 'Yotes. [Caps Outsider]
  • Updates from down on the farm:
  • Some people will go so far as to strip half-naked in a parking garage for a Backstrom autograph. We won't judge. [Puck Daddy]
  • Remember when Brodeur complained about Ovechkin's mirrored visor? Get a glimpse behind the scenes at the debate that ensued all those years ago. [RMNB]
  • Finally, congrats to the USWNT - and bench boss Ken Klee - on their overtime victory over Canada to capture the gold at the World Championships last night. U-S-A! [SportsnetThe Hockey House]