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Friday Caps Clips: Predatovertime

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Schmidt sits as the Preds prevail in overtime, Burra’s almost back and more.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Pregame prep:
  • The morning skate and Coach Trotz’s post-practice comments made it clear that Nate Schmidt is still the Caps’ number-seven defenseman. He stayed on for extra work with Taylor Chorney and Andre Burakovsky... [CSNMA, RMNB,
  • ... with the welcome word that Burra was working on battle drills in the corners and may even practice in full today and travel with the team to Tampa. [CSNMA]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk returned from his suspension with a clear head and ready to go... [Rink]
  • ... oh and by the way, the Blues are better off without him. So there. [Bleedin’ Blue]
  • Eight incredible stats about Alex Ovechkin. Remember him? [Puck Daddy]
  • If the Caps can re-sign only one of T.J. Oshie or Karl Alzner, who ya got? Dan Rosen chooses ________________. []
  • Objects in rear-view mirror may be closer than they appear. (Glances to the left.) Oh hai there, Columbus. [Fox Sports]
  • Caps megafan Björn Esperling provided updates of his annual Capitals tour. [NoVa Caps]
  • Prospects’ prospects. [Caps Outsider, CSNMA]
  • Finally, the Redskins’ Chris Baker signs off as he departs for Tampa to play for the Buccaneers.