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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Blues Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Oshie returns to St. Louis as the Caps look to avoid a fourth-straight loss, and more.

He looks much better in red, doesn't he?
He looks much better in red, doesn't he?
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Your second-to-last regular-season gameday links:

  • Previews of tonight's final regular-season road game from VogsNHL.comPeerlessPost-Dispatch, and AP, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at St. Louis Game Time for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • The Blues need a win - and a little external help - if they want to take the Division crown in the cutthroat Central. [Post-Dispatch]
    • They'll get some internal help, as well, as rookie Robby Fabbri is back in the lineup after an injury kept him out of the last four games. [BluesPost-DispatchSt. Louis Game Time]
    • Tonight   Justin Williams skates in his 1000th career game. Quite an accomplishment, sir. [NBC SportsAP]
  • There's a chance we may know who the Caps will face in the first round before they take the ice in St. Louis... or it may have to wait one more day. Patience is a virtue. Or something. [RinkPuck DaddyESPNCSNMA]
  • As they await their first-round foe, the Caps will be looking to gain a little momentum in these last two games against a couple of tough teams. [Caps Outsider]
  • Digging a bit deeper in the Caps' stats tells us that, despite some recent bumps in terms of results the team is actually doing fine - and in fact trending in the right direction. [NoVa CapsStarsandSticks]
  • Take a look at what the mainstream media thinks of the Caps these days. [Rink]
  • Winning 48 games in a single season isn't easy, as Braden Holtby is finding out - and with just one more start likely ahead of him, that's all he'll be able to aim for. [WaPoWashTimes]
  • Whether or not he falls short of that mark, this has been an incredible season overall for #70 (and hopefully just the beginning). [NBC4]
  • PANIC!!! ...or not? [CSNMA]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pre-flight skate:
  • A few leftovers from Thursday night's loss. [Dump 'n ChasePost-GazettePensblog]
    • Too much cheatin', not enough winnin'. [CSNMA]
    • Rank 'em, if you dare. [Rink]
  • Down on the farm:
    • Congrats to the South Carolina Stingrays, who rolled over Norfolk 6-2 to clinch another South Division title. [Live5News]
    • The Bears have a crucial weekend slate of games ahead of them as they look to join the rest of the Caps' family atop their respective divisions... [Patriot-News]
    • ...a quest which got off to a strong start with a 5-1 victory over Bridgeport last night. [Patriot-News]
    • After appearing in six games for the Bears, defensive prospect Jonas Siegenthaler has exercised his option to return to Switzerland. [NoVa Caps]
    • Vitek Vanecek makes the ECHL All-Rookie team and more in a round-up of prospect news and updates. [CSNMA]
    • Get to know Caps' prospect Zach Sanford. [THW]
  • Hockey 101: Defensemen. [FiCP]