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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Senators Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The team goes curling in Canada’s capital, Liam O’Brien returns to the roster, the Caps’ prospects impress and more.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Previewing tonight's capital showdown from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, AP, NoVa Caps, FiCP, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Silver Seven for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Welcome back Liam O’Brien, recalled from Hershey for at least this two-game Canadian roadie. [Caps Today, Chocolate Hockey, CSNMA, WaPo, NoVa Caps]
  • Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom may be eyeing some milestones on this roadie, but they’ll stay focused on the W. [@JoeBpXp]
  • The team arrived in Ottawa early yesterday so they could get some team-building curling in...
  • ... and then Ovi took his Russian posse out to the local hockey shop for some sightseeing and shooter tutoring. [RMNB]
  • Braden Holtby’s goalie dad Greg has a philosophy - don’t string two bad games together. [WaPo]
  • Oh hai there Capitals offense - eleven goals in the last two games... [WashTimes]
  • ... including the first goal for Nate Schmidt in the last 364 days. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • The sample sizes aren’t quite so small any more and the team’s analytical picture begins to emerge:
  • So are the Caps lucky or are they good? Yes! [RMNB]
  • The Capitals’ world junior prospects (Ilya Samsonov, Jonas Siegenthaler and Damien Riat) all made a good impression on the experts... [ESPN $, RMNB]
  • ... Samsonov, however, reports he sustained a “микротравму” (microtrauma with no additional explanation) in the bronze medal match vs. Sweden. [sport.ru]
  • Nate Walker blogs about his long journey to North America, life in Hershey, his recovery from his ACL injury and more. [Chocolate Hockey]
  • Connor Hobbs and the WHL Regina Pats dressed out as their favorite baseball team - for charity, of course: