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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Wild Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps kick off their five-game road trip, a hair-raising day at Kettler, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Taking a closer look at the team's bottom six forwards and how they're being used of late. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's visit to the State of Hockey from Vogs, CSNMA, Peerless, Star Tribune, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Hockey Wilderness for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Since the last time they met, these two teams have moved in very different directions. [StarTribune, TwinCities]
  • Tonight marks the first of five games spanning four time zones over the next week. Gird your loins, fellas. [WaPo]
  • As the USWNT boycott continues, they've got some pretty powerful voices chiming in with support... [SBN, Puck Daddy]
  • ...and this latest revelation about USA Hockey and a nixed post-Olympic USA-Canada matchup just continues to make the governing body look awful. [Ice Garden]
  • Check in with Puck Daddy and of course our awesome women's hockey blog, The Ice Garden, for all of the latest updates on this ongoing situation.
  • A couple of current Caps check in as some of the top UFAs-to-be this summer. Ugh. [Sportsnet]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk talks about his new team, his new D partner and the postseason challenges that lie ahead. [THW]
  • News and notes from the team on practice/picture day. [Monumental video (Trotz, locker room, Rinkside Update/Kuznetsov)]
  • The mental mistakes are down, the big moments are up, and Dmitry Orlov is having a great year for the Caps. [NoVa Caps]
  • He may not be scoring at the same rate as he once did, but Alex Ovechkin seems to be back in the groove down the stretch. [AP]
  • But is he still on pace to catch the seemingly elusive Wayne Gretzky? [THN]
  • Ted Leonsis joined NBC4's Carol Maloney for a chat about patience, critics, fans, and the playoffs. [NBC4 (and again)]
  • As a kid, Philipp Grubauer idolized Caps' legend Olie Kolzig, then got to work with him as a part of the team... but for how much longer? [WaPo]
  • The week that was for the Metropolitan Division. [All About the Jersey]
  • Since Justin Williams arrived in DC, picture day has become an Event - and this year he's got a sidekick. [Monumental video (and hear from Williams), NHL.com, WaPo, CSNMA (and again), NBC4, NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 45th birthday to Jan Benda, and happy 59th to Lou Franceschetti.