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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Flames

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Flames come calling, the Beast gets bobbled, the Metro dogfight begins and more.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • WaPo beat writer Isabelle Khurshudyan joined our own Adam Stringham to talk puck, playoffs, and why nobody wanted to sit next to Marcus Johansson on the plane. [Rink Radio]
  • Previews from Vogs (plus game notes), Peerless, NoVa Caps, AP, and, and be sure to check out the Calgary Sun and our SB Nation pals over at Matchsticks & Gasoline.
  • This game is the first of a critical three-game home stand for the Caps, and the first of a critical three-game roadie for Calgary. [Stars and Sticks, Calgary Sun]
  • The Flames will be without the services of Matthew Tkachuk, who will be serving the first game of a two-game suspension that he received for elbowing Drew Doughty in the noggin. [M&G]
  • Bobble. Beast. Beauty. []
  • Johnny Gaudreau is in town today with all his earned accolades. Well, the Caps have a kid whose fancystats rival those of Gaudreau’s... and he’s a year younger.
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice:
  • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, Rinkside Update/Alzner), NoVa Caps]
  • Brooks Orpik was not at practice for a “maintenance day,” but Coach says he’s likely to play tonight. [CSNMA, WaPo]
  • Say, let’s check in on the rest of the Metro division and the pending 10-game dogfight for supremacy. [NoVa Caps]
  • T.J. Oshie is totally not thinking about his status as a pending unrestricted free agent. Well, mostly. [CSNMA, WaPo]
  • With seven shots on goal and an assist, Andre Burakovsky picked up right where he left off. [CSNMA, WaPo]
  • Prospect defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler has returned from his Swiss team and has been re-assigned to Hershey. [Caps Today, Chocolate Hockey, NoVa Caps]
  • Oh hai there Pheonix Copley. It’s nice to have you back. Perhaps you would like to stay? [WaPo] Related:
  • Congrats are in order for Paul Carey, whose 6-2-8 performance in three games earned him AHL Player of the Week honors. [Chocolate Hockey]
  • Finally, happy 51st birthday to the "Wild Thing" himself, Al Iafrate.
  • One more - I’d like to take a moment to mark the passing of Russian hockey commentator Sergei Gimaev, who died on Saturday at the too-young age of 62. His name isn’t well known in North America but he is a legend in Russia and I ran across his commentary often while researching the Rus media. He was always and ever a fierce advocate for Alexander Ovechkin. I will miss reading his words and hockey will be the poorer for his loss. Rest well, Sergei Nailievich. [KHL (English), KHL (Russian), RMNB]