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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Metro dogfight ramps up with Columbus in town, Ovi’s new kicks, Oshie’s 30th and more.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Metro clash with Columbus from Vogs, (plus game notes), AP, NoVa Caps and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at the Cannon for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • All eyes will be on Alex Ovechkin’s feet in warmups tonight. Bidding is open now; all proceeds benefit the American Special Hockey Association.
  • Speaking of Ovi, the playoffs draw near and he is ramping up his game. [CBS DC]
  • It’s Braden Holtby who holds the keys to the Caps’ Cup chances... [CBS Sports]
  • ... and Nicklas Backstrom who might well be the Caps’ MVP. [CBS DC]
  • If Backstrom keeps doing Backstrom things, he should clear 1,000 points in his career. [THW]
  • If T.J. Oshie keeps doing Oshie things, he should clear... a great deal of cash in his next contract. 30-goal scoring Oshie. [WaPo]
  • Here’s Ovi, Backstrom and Oshie doing Ovi, Backstrom and Oshie things together with a magical passing sequence that ended up in the back of Calgary’s net. With GIFs and everything. [SB Nation]
  • Sorry, Kevin Shattenkirk, your goal has been assigned to Nicky B, but hey, thanks for the assist! [CSNMA]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov talks about growing up in Chelyabinsk. [Pucks and Recreation]
  • The Caps’ collegians have filed their NCAA Tournament brackets. [Oshie and Chorney, Schmidt, Shattenkirk]
  • Hershey took care of Binghamton last night and new guy Hampus Gustafsson had an assist for his first pro point:

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