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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Devils Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: One down, one to go; another town and one more show.

NHL: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s tilt with the Devils from Vogs (plus game notes), AP, Peerless, NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at All About the Jersey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • It’s 80’s and 90’s Retro Night tonight at the Rock, and the Devils made this beauty:
  • Hot: The third line. Not Hot: The penalty box time. [CSNMA]
  • The Caps’ captain has been polishing his apples lately. [WaPo]
  • Enjoy that high shooting percentage while you can, folks. Past performance is no indicator of future results. [NoVa Caps]
  • TL; DR - The Caps were tired in Ottawa. “In the eight games this season in which the Capitals played the night before, Washington is averaging 9.13 penalty minutes per game, a little above their average of 8.57 in non-back-to-backs. Their total shots for and total shots against are also telling. In the second half of back-to-back games, the Capitals average 29 shots and allow 30.38. In non-back-to-backs, the Capitals average 29.85 shots and allow 27.97.” [WashTimes, RMNB,
  • Caps GM Brian MacLellan looks ahead to the trade deadline... and doesn’t tell us too much about his plans. [CSNMA]
  • The NHL is rolling out its marketing materials for the All-Star Game. Here is at least part of the All-Star packages for Ovi and Braden Holtby. [RMNB]
  • Another day, another umbrella stand? [THW]
  • A face-of-the-franchise for all 30 teams. Obvious Capitals choice is obvious. [NatPo]
  • Goal scoring is up across the League, and the elite goalies are struggling. Blame it on World Cup. [ESPN $]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Mark Taylor.