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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Devils Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Back to business as the break comes to an end, the Caps unveil their new Stadium Series threads, Vrana gets a bobble and more.

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NHL: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Ups and Downs, first-half-of-the-season edition. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s Metro meetup with the Devils from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, AP, Peerless and NoVa Caps, and be sure to swing by our SB Nation pals over at All About the Jersey for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • The first game back after a long layoff always seems to give the Caps trouble. [WaPo]
  • Braden Holtby makes all the wins look easy, but they aren’t. [WaPo]
  • Related: Holtby’s case for the Vezina. [GNGH]
  • Alex Ovechkin finds himself in the hot seat, again, as he takes his team on his broad back and hauls them into the second half of the season atop the Metro, again. [USA Today]
  • “The Caps must absolutely learn from Lars Eller who is on a hot streak with five goals in seven games. His goals have been simple. He is not being too cute or getting fantastic setups, he’s just shooting.” The NBC crew takes a look at what the Caps must do better after the break. [NBCSW]
  • The Metro crucible is set to go supernova in the second half. Who emerges with tickets to the offseason? [Vavel]
  • The Caps unveiled their new Stadium Series uniforms. Reviews are ... mixed. This Clips editor is still holding out for a chromed-out Weagle. Alas. [, @Capitals (and again),, PHT, NBCSW,, RMNB, and Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Today in “Trade for Mike Green”. Dan Rosen leans no... []
  • ... but worry not! Tampa is totally getting him... [NHL Trade Rumo(u)rs]
  • ... or maybe the Leafs. [Hockey30]
  • Give blood at Kettler on January 27 and get a (voucher for a) Jakub Vrana bobblehead. [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 26th birthday to Pheonix Copley, and raise a glass in memory of the late Pete Laframboise, who would have been 68 today.