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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps visit Air Canada Centre, the NHL says “nyet” to the 2018 Olympics, looking at playoff opponents and more.

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  • Previews of tonight's Caps-Leafs clash from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, Peerless, Caps Outsider and NoVa Caps and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Pension Plan Puppets for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Oh noes! They told us they were gonna do it, then they went and did it anyway. The NHL announced that they will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. [NHL.com, ESPN]
  • This announcement hits close to home, as Caps owner Ted Leonsis has been adamant in his support for Alex Ovechkin’s right to play for his country. How will this announcement affect the Caps and their Captain? [WaPo, CSNMA]
  • The NHLPA is outraged. [NHLPA, Fox Sports]
  • The fans are disappointed and frustrated. [CBC, USA Today]
  • Host nation South Korea has also expressed its disappointment. [WashTimes]
  • Point: “The positives don't outweigh the negatives; that's what it comes down to.” [NHL.com]
  • Counterpoint: “The NHL should receive plenty of scorn for not leveraging its Olympic success, and ultimately deciding to drop out because of the bottom line.” [THN, TSN]
  • Counter-counterpoint: “[W]hatever you make of this whole Olympic charade, having the NHL finally say to the International Olympic Committee and the NHLPA "Take a hike" is kind of refreshing. At least something has been done.” [ESPN]
  • Trying to make sense of it all. [The Fourth Period]
  • What will it mean for the NHL if its stars insist on participating, ban or no ban? [Puck Daddy]
  • The Sportsnet Hockey Central panel weighs in:
  • A few leftovers from #CapsJackets:
  • Postgame notebook - a statement game. [Dump-n-Chase]
  • It was a bounce-back game for Andre Burakovsky, and all the bounces went his way... [CSNMA]
  • ... even the bounces of his fists upon the person of Scott Harrington. [RMNB]
  • Related - A short video roundup of Alex Ovechkin’s pugilistic career. [gazeta.ru]
  • Jackets coach John Tortorella says defenseman Zack Werenski is “day-to-day” after absorbing that hit from Ovechkin. [AP]
  • Looking ahead to the playoffs, who ya got? Who do you want? Who do you not want? [NoVa Caps, WaPo]
  • Congrats also to prospect defenseman Christian Djoos , who was named the AHL Player of the Month. [Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 50th birthday to Rob Murray, and happy 37th to Garret Stroshein.
  • One more - This video is from over the summer, when Ovi and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Evgeni Malkin performed as mascots at the intermission of a KHL game. All I know is I can feel the joy: