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Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Blackhawks Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps host the ‘Hawks, the injury bug continues and more

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Reflections on another 20-goal season for Alex Ovechkin and how this start compares to early Alex Ovechkin. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s Chicago showdown from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps , Blackhawks, Chicago Tribune, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Second City Hockey for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • As much as Nicklas Backstrom shines offensively, he’s every bit as reliable on the defensive side of things. [Caps]
  • A few leftovers from Monday night’s win over the Sharks. [Rink Rank, Caps, Peerless, RMNB]
  • The hit that knocked T.J. Oshie out of the game won’t cost Joe Thornton anything, even if the Caps (respectfully) expressed their displeasure with said hit. [NBCSW, The Score]
  • Meanwhile, Sharks’ coach Pete Deboer has a bee in his bonnet over how they chose to deal with Jumbo Joe’s transgression in game. [NBC Sports]
  • Thanks to his doozy of a slash on Madison Bowey, Brenden Dillon has been handed a one-game suspension by the League. [WaPo, NHL, The Score, Mercury News]
  • Poor Kuzy. [SBN, WaPo]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Trotz, Backstrom, Rinkside Update/Boyd), FiCP, NoVa Caps]
  • Now missing T.J. Oshie, the Caps are dealing with the injury bug for the first time in a very long time. [WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes]
  • Thankfully they could be getting Andre Burakovsky back by the end of the week after the forward participated in practice for the first time yesterday. [NoVa Caps]
  • Breaking down the numbers for Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom since being reunited. (Hint: they’re pretty good.) [FiCP]
  • Also pretty good? The numbers for Evgeny Kuznetsov, who doesn’t seem to be fazed after signing his big offseason contract extension. [WashTimes]
  • Rankings of power. [Puck Daddy, SI]
  • Amid a doping scandal, the IOC has banned Russia from the upcoming Winter Olympics, raising questions about - among other things - their hockey participation. [NBCSW]
  • Finally, happy 56th birthday to Chris Valentine, and happy 31st to Matt Niskanen.