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Wednesday Caps Clips: Fallen Leafs; Caps vs. Rangers Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps wrap up the road trip with a win before heading home for one last meeting against the Rangers.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Digging into the Caps' "top" defensive pair and whether they should have that title going forward. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room), NHL.com, WaPo, CSNMA, Frankovic, NoVa Caps, RMNB, AP, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, TSN, and Pension Plan Puppets.
  • Many congrats to Kevin Shattenkirk for finally joining the goal-scoring club and not having it stolen! [RMNB]
  • His Caps may have dominated Toronto, but Barry Trotz had only the nicest of things to say about the youthful Maple Leafs. [Toronto Sun]
  • John Carlson was a last-minute scratch last night, and will be out tonight, with a lower-body injury that has him day to day. [WaPo, CSNMA]
  • Previews of tonight's visit with the Blueshirts from CSNMA and the Rangers, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Since the Rangers' spot in the standings is pretty well set, they've decided to rest a few of their top pl-... er, some of their top guys are injured. [Rangers, Newsday, CSNMA]
  • Once the playoffs get underway, the Caps could be a matchup nightmare for their opponents. Here's hoping, at least. [TSN]
  • Braden Holtby has been consistent this season, and consistently good. [RMNB]
  • Olympic drama continues to unfold:
  • More on the NHL's official, final (?) decision to pull out of the 2018 Olympics - including whether it is such a bad thing. [Rink, Puck Daddy, Globe and Mail]
  • A fan's guide to processing the NHL skipping the Olympics. [SBN]
  • If you're pointing fingers, the place to start may not be Gary Bettman, but the IOC. [Puck Daddy]
  • The players, to say the least, are not happy with the League's decision to stay out of the 2018 Olympics. [SBN, AFP, NYT, Reuters, Sports Xchange]
  • As for Alex Ovechkin... well, he's made up his mind, and he's not changing it. [WaPo, CSNMA, Sporting News, AP (and again), CBC, National Post, Globe and Mail, NoVa Caps]
  • Of course... there may be a fairly easy solution to this whole mess. [SBN]
  • Chatting with the coach and Caps prior to yesterday's game. [Monumental video (Trotz, Grubauer, Wilson, Rinkside Update/Johansson)]
  • Count Kevin Shattenkirk as one of the top mid-season acquisitions. [THW]
  • Reflections on the brief, but eventful, career of netminder Jim Carey. [NoVa Caps]