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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs Stars Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Stars come calling, it is time for the team to wake up, Oshie dishes on his Wario tattoo and more.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory brunch of champions links:

  • The Japers’ Rink Radio crew breaks down the first eleven games of the season... [Rink]
  • ...oh, and hey Caps, time to wake up! [Peerless]
  • Related - maybe it is a hangover. [NBCSW]
  • Previews of tonight’s dalliance with Dallas from Vogs (plus game notes), NBCSW, NHL, AP, Peerless and NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Defending Big D for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • The D will be without the services of Brooks Orpik, who will miss his second game with a lower body injury. [WaPo]
  • This is the first of a five-game home stand, and the defense needs to start executing... [WaPo]
  • ... but maybe it hasn’t been as bad as we think? [RMNB]
  • Braden Holtby has been remarkably un-Beastly this season. Gulp. [NoVa Caps]
  • “The stuff that he does is just kind of natural to see now.” Evgeny Kuznetsov’s madd skillz even boggle his teammates. [106.7The Fan]
  • Left faceoff circle, on the power play. Alex Ovechkin’s office. Even the beer men in the arena know he’s gonna shoot from there - why can’t any team stop him from scoring? [Yahoo]
  • T.J. Oshie opens up about his... Wario tattoo. [Uproxx]
  • Some leftovers from Caps/Habs:
  • That third period, yikes. [NBCSW]
  • Numbers for the morning after. [RMNB]
  • Prospects in the news:
  • Caps’ first-rounder Alex Alexeyev has been named to the Team Russia squad for the annual CHL Canada Russia tournament. [rdnewsnow]
  • The Caps’ sixth-rounder from the 2016 draft is doing good on the ice and off it in Quinnipiac. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, this is actually a very interesting look at the stats for after-hours Metro use during the Caps’ Stanley Cup run. [WTOP]