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Friday Caps Clips: Is It Sunday Yet?

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Sizing up the season at the 41-game mark, Caps on a roll at Casino Night, Jonsson-Fjallby will play for gold and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • At the halfway mark of the season, here’s five things we’ve learned about this Caps squad. [WaPo]
  • How does this year’s team stack up to last year’s at midpoint? [Peerless]
  • You sly old fox, Alex Ovechkin, you’re gonna get 50 again this year. [USA Today]
  • Madison Bowey’s game is coming along, but is it going to have to get here faster as the trade deadline approaches? [WaPo]
  • Philipp Grubauer is being patient and trusting the process. [@Capitals]
  • Practice yesterday featured Matt Niskanen skating in a no-contact jersey... [NoVa Caps]
  • ... and Evgeny Kuznetsov in goal. Well, sort of. [NBCSW (and again), NoVa Caps]
  • The team and their guests appeared to be having a grand old time at Caps Casino Night... [NoVa Caps (photos)]
  • ... and there was a special announcement. The Caps will host an outdoor Alumni Game the day after the Stadium Series game. It is not yet clear if it will be Caps alums only, or if Toronto will join in the fun. [NoVa Caps]
  • No fear - Team Sweden features Caps draft pick Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and a can-do attitude. Another short-handed goal from AJF22 helped put Smakronorna into the gold medal game vs. Canada. [THN, RMNB, Hamilton Spectator]
  • Happy 43rd birthday to Mike Grier, happy 30th to Mathieu Perreault, and Joe Juneau is nifty at 50.