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Friday Caps Clips: Penguins vs. Capitals Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Pens waddle in, Backstrom gets defensive, Holtby on the brink and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s Metropolitan battle against the Flightless Fowl from Vogs (plus game notes), Peerless, AP, NoVa Caps (and again), and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Pensburgh for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Get this one for your goaltender, lads. Braden Holtby has 299 career NHL victories. One more and well, you know. [NoVa Caps]
  • Been some chatter lately about putting the Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom band back together. Per Barry Trotz, that’s not happening tonight... [NBCSW]
  • ... possibly because Backstrom and his lineys have been tasked with super-duper defensive hockey. But at what cost? [WaPo]
  • Speaking of cost, John Carlson is skating monster minutes and pending health and good luck, should be in line for a sweet pay raise as he heads towards free agency. [Caps Outsider]
  • The league’s new faceoff rules are getting the d-men in on the fun... and suddenly Jay Beagle is not offering lessons anymore. [TSN]
  • Position battles and reassignments loom as the injury list looks to get shorter soon. [WaPo]
  • Oh hai there Justin Schultz. Congrats on your recovery from concussion. Nice to have you back on Caps ice. [TribLive]
  • Pittsburgh still feels Brooks Orpik ‘s impact. [TheAthletic (with paywall and powder blue Winter Classic uni advisory)]
  • The NHL Entry Draft of 2012 yielded a bumper crop of 7th-round blueliners. Say hey, Christian Djoos. [Yahoo Sports]
  • Finally, happy 60th birthday to Greg Carroll.
  • Before he worked for the Boss, guitarist Nils Lofgren caught “Bullets Fever.” Here’s the real true story of how that legendary song came to be and why Nils is a lifelong fan of Washington sports. [UpRoxx]