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Thursday Caps Clips: Penguins @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Penguins come calling, some records are closer (and farther) than ever, three prospects are playing in big games today and more.

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  • Previews of this evening's pas de deux with the Pens from Vogs (plus game notes),, CSNMA (video), NVC and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at PensBurgh for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • Washington's secret weapon - it's tax time, how does a nice audit sound? [Bloomberg Tax]
  • Should the Caps be worried? [PHT, KSG]
    • No panic here... [FiCP]
    • ... and keep your heads held high. [NVC]
  • The Caps players are paying Braden Holtby's potential record no never mind. They barely even know it's out there. [WaPo]
  • Although Alex Ovechkin is well aware he is 3 goals away from 50. [CSNMA, WaPo]
  • And time is running short for both of them. [WaPo]
  • The field of potential first-round opponents for the Caps is narrowing. [WaPo]
  • Barry Trotz's coaching peers voted him as coach of the year. [TSN]
  • Fancystatting this year's Caps to previous years. [S&S]
  • Prospect updates:
    • Goaltender Ilya Samsonov will be wearing the Metallurg ball cap today as Magnitka travels to the capital for the Gagarin Cup Final Game One against CSKA Moscow. Here's the link to the KHL in English. Puck drop is 7:30pm Moscow time. []
    • Sophomore Zach Sanford plays center on the second line for Boston College. They will face off against Numero Uno Quinnipiac at 5:00pm. [@BCHockeyNews]
    • Freshman forward Shane Gersich is playing on the fourth line for North Dakota. They will take on Denver at 8:30pm. [The Coaches Site]
  • Finally: