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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Leafs come calling, the Caps’ penalty kill climbs the ranks, Samsonov and Siegenthaler impress at WJC and more.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Caps-Leafs throwdown from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, Fox Sports, Peerless, Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps and the Toronto Sun, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Pension Plan Puppets for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • The Caps’ sweaters will feature some NHL Centennial swag for the rest of the season. [RMNB]
  • The penalty killers are rolling at an 87.3% success rate, good for second best in the Lig. [CSNMA]
  • With the Caps’ upcoming crowded schedule, expect to see more of Taylor Chorney. [WaPo]
  • Now that Vrana and Sanford are back in Hershey, if the team needs an extra forward they may call on players with smaller cap hits. [WaPo]
  • Speaking of Hershey, their New Year’s resolution should be no more injuries. [NoVa Caps]
  • Your player for the month of December - Justin Williams. [S&S]
  • In World Juniors action, Ilya Samsonov posted his second straight shutout as Russia advanced to the semifinal round... [RMNB, Russian Hockey Federation]
  • ... and Jonas Siegenthaler’s Team Switzerland was eliminated by USA but he received recognition as one of Craig Button’s Top Six players through the preliminary round.
  • Here’s your South Carolina Stingrays weekly update. [Capitals Outsider]