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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Ducks Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Ducks wedge their way into CapOne, Chiasson is Chiasscoring, X-mas gifts for the team and more.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Grab a hot toddy and a seatl as Peerless drops some knowledge at the local watering hole. [Rink]
  • Previews of this evening's date with the Ducks from Vogs (plus game notes), , AP, Nova Caps and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Anaheim Calling for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • T.J. Oshie is not expected to play tonight... [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • ... and most likely neither is Brooks Orpik, who is “day-to-day” with an upper body injury that may have something to do with the stick that appeared to impact his left hand in the previous game. [RMNB (and again)]
  • “But, man, I gotta start scoring more goals just for the team. Like, team-wise, I’ve got to be a team player here and start scoring.'” Jay Beagle has been holding out. [CBS DC]
  • Bench this, coach! Alex Chiasson is putting points on the board just as Trotz has to evaluate his squad as Oshie gets closer to getting back in the lineup. [WaPo, NBCSW (video)]
  • The Caps’ youngsters have a quarter-plus of a season under their belts and are finally finding and fitting their roles. [NoVa Caps]
  • From Thursday’s game, the Bruins officially have a Braden Holtby problem. [Causeway Crowd]
  • And also a losing-to-the-Capitals problem, though the two problems could well be related. [PHT]
  • Some suggestions for under the Caps’ Christmas tree. [DCPD]
  • Happy 40th birthday to Eric Belanger, and happy 30th birthday to Mike Weber.