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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Blackhawks Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Hawks are in town, King Karl plays his 500th consecutive game, more Ovechkin appreciation and more.

Chicago Blackhawks v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Gratitude, and awe. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom hit some milestones together, and Caps fans are having all the feels. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's battle against the 'Hawks from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, Peerless, NoVa Caps, Caps Outsider, CSN Chicago, Fox Sports, and the 'Hawks, and be sure to stop by our SB Nation pals over at Second City Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • January is Milestone Month in Capsland - tonight will be ironman King Karl’s 500th consecutive game. [@baumgart_jacob]
  • Braden Holtby vs. Corey Crawford - tonight could come down to the goalies. [Daily Herald, NHL.com]
  • Don’t be surprised if it turns out to be a one-goal game, since the Hawks have been playing tons of ‘em this season. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Let’s hope it doesn’t come down to the penalties. The Caps have been making a lot of trips to the sin bin and Coach is taking some steps. [CSNMA, WaPo]
  • John Carlson left practice early “for maintenance.” [CSNMA]
  • Don’t look now but at the halfway-point of the season the Capitals have seven wins in a row and are sneaking up on first place in the Metro and first place in the Lig. No-o-o-o-o-o-o! [WaPo, theScore, WashTimes]
  • Oh hey there Metro Division. Let’s check those midterm grades. [NoVa Caps]
  • “...how good has the Caps team really been and what should we expect in the second-half of the season? Have key forwards turned the corner? Are the defensive pairings good (or good enough)?” The Japers’ Rink Radio team reviews the first half and looks ahead. [Rink Radio]
  • And here’s some more midterm stats and thoughts for the Caps. [Caps Outsider]
  • By the way, everything you thought you knew about the Caps this season is wrong. [WaPo]
  • Everyone’s still talking about Alexander the Great:
  • His was the goal that launched a thousand thousand-point retrospectives. [Rink, WaPo, Sportsnet, NHL.com]
  • Here’s an unbelievable and charming tribute from TSN as Ovi officially passed the revered Maurice Richard in career goals scored. They rewrote “The Hockey Sweater” and put Alexander Ovechkin and his Capitals sweater in place of Rocket and the Canadiens’ “chandail”. I think that actually makes him an honorary Canadian or something close to it. [Bardown]
  • Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack knows how to stop Ovi from scoring. [NoVa Caps]
  • Mama Ovechkina knows what’s what. “Why are so hung up on counting these points? Who scored how many. Sasha will score his share. The most important thing is to play. And not do all this bookkeeping.” [RMNB]
  • Sasha’s been listening to his mama - he tells Alex Prewitt he has only one goal in mind. The same one that has eluded him his whole career. [SI]
  • It was “only fitting” that Nick Backstrom had the primary assist on that goal. Yep yep. [WaPo]
  • Caps fans know this, but others are slowly realizing - we may never see a player like this again. [Puck Drunk Love]
  • Finally, happy 63rd birthday to Mike Palmateer.