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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Blues Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps head westward to start another streak in St. Louis, the dads are along for the ride and more.

NHL: Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews on tonight's match-up in Missouri from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, AP, StlToday, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at St. Louis Gametime for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • John Carlson missed Monday's crazyfest in Pittsburgh, and it sounds like that lower-body ailment is going to keep him out of tonight's lineup, as well. [WaPo, CSNMA]
  • Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock is in his last season as an NHL coach, and will face off against one of his best buds for perhaps the last time tonight. [WaPo]
  • Checking in with the team before they hit the road. [Monumental video (Trotz, Alzner, Ovechkin, Rinkside Update/Schmidt)]
  • The boys are joined on this mini road swing by their dads for the team's annual mentor trip. [WashTimes,]
  • T.J. Oshie's father is battling Alzheimer's disease, but that's not keeping him away from the trip - and the team's made special arrangements to help the Oshie family out. [CSNMA]
  • Since sitting out a few games to "hit the reset button", Andre Burakovsky has been producing plenty of offense. [Caps Outsider]
  • Like many of us, Alex Ovechkin had some things to say about the officiating against the Penguins. [WaPo, CSNMA]
  • So... does he have a point? [NoVa Caps]
  • Complaints about Monday's game aside, the Caps are focusing on winning games, not whining to the refs. [AP]
  • And winning they are, as they continue to climb the ranks - and rankings. [, THN]
  • Braden Holtby's performance this season has him in the mix for another Vezina Trophy, but he's not worried about that right now. [CP]
  • Debating Justin Williams' viability for the Hockey Hall of Fame. [NoVa Caps]
  • The big guns are scoring plenty lately, but the Caps are also getting a healthy amount of production from their secondary scorers. [StarsandSticks]
  • If you hadn't noticed, the Metropolitan Division is slightly ridiculous. [THW]
  • The Caps gave up a couple of four-on-four goals against the Pens, and it's becoming a trend - is it something to worry about about? [NoVa Caps]

15 goals total in the Caps-Pens game, followed by a 13-goal explosion between Dallas and the Rangers one night later. Is high-scoring hockey back? [CBS NY]