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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Rangers Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The homestand comes to a close against the Rangers, Burakovsky prepares to return, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s battle with the Blueshirts from Vogs and NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Tonight marks the return of old pal Kevin Shattenkirk, who Barry Trotz had some interesting comments about... much to Shattenkirk’s chagrin. [The Comeback, NBCSW, Sporting News]
  • Going to the game tonight? Don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the team’s toy drive and get a poster of Braden Holtby for your trouble! [Caps]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Caps365, Trotz)]
  • Looks like Andre Burakovsky is at last ready to return to action tonight after missing the last two months. [NHL, WaPo, WashTimes]
  • To make room for Burakovsky’s return, Travis Boyd has been reassigned to Hershey. [Caps]
  • The Caps are starting to hit their stride - but that doesn’t mean they’re done taking steps forward. [NoVa Caps]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday’s win over Chicago. [Rink Rank, Caps, FiCP]
  • Funny how a four-point night will get all the folks a-talkin’ about young Tom Wilson. [NoVa Caps, FiCP, Puck Prose, THN]
  • The end of Nicklas Backstrom’s extended goal drought was a great relief to his teammates, who were all pulling for him. [NBCSW]
  • A tougher crackdown on penalties and an infusion of youthful talent has goal scoring way up through the first two months of the season. [AP]
  • Former Cap Dennis Maruk talks about his playing days, team pranks, trash talking and his post-NHL life. [The Score]
  • These guys can actually say they knew Swedes Nicklas Backstrom and Christian Djoos before they were big NHL stars. [NoVa Caps]