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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Predators Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps host the Preds, Schmidt makes roster decisions trickier and more.

Nashville Predators v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Predators from Vogs, AP, Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at On the Forecheck for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • With Kevin Shattenkirk returning from suspension and Nate Schmidt stepping up, is Brooks Orpik the odd man out on the blueline? [WaPo, NoVa Caps]
  • Sounds like Andre Burakovsky is almost ready to return to the lineup. Hooray!! [CSNMA]
  • The Caps' recent losing streak, and the overlapping goal-scoring drought for the captain, served as something of a wake-up call for a team with Cup aspirations. [ESPN]
  • They, like their opponents on Tuesday, are hoping to right the ship now - before the games take on a bit more meaning. [SI.com]
  • Things are starting to get interesting in the race for the Metro Division crown. [CSNMA]
  • Interesting look (no, really) at whether Alex Ovechkin is actually "in decline". [Sportsnet]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday's win over Minnesota. [Rink Rank, CSNMA, RMNB]
  • They may have gotten away with the win, but that game against the Wild was filled with waaaay too many penalties. [WashTimes]
  • Yeah, this playoff format stinks. [CANOE]
  • And finally, happy 39th birthday to Brian Willsie, happy 46th to David Harlock, happy 35th to Louis Robitaille, and raise a glass in memory of Roger Crozier, who would have been 75 today.