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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Pens pay another visit to DC and they swear they’re not focused on Wilson, Ovechkin rules all, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Chatting about on-ice chatter, with a little insight into what’s really said in those on-ice scrums. [Rink]
  • Ovi’s greatness can’t be overstated... so let’s keep talking about it! In multiple countries! [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s Wednesday Night Hockey throwdown with the Pens from Vogs, NBC Sports, Peerless, NoVa Caps, The Sports Xchange, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Pensburgh for the black-and-yellow side of the story.
  • Hating the Penguins just comes naturally to so many of us, doesn’t it? [NoVa Caps]
  • In today’s NHL, it’s not only hard to repeat as champs - it’s hard to even remain contenders. The Caps are hoping to buck that trend. [WaPo]
  • When it comes time for new contracts for Ovechkin and Backstrom, what might “sentimental” deals look like? [WaPo]
  • Alex Ovechkin’s hot start has had many rethinking the answer to the question, “can Ovechkin catch Wayne Gretzky for the all-time goal-scoring title?” [Caps Outsider, LWoH]
  • Ovi’s goals and increased scoring across the board are among the storylines to watch in 2019. [Forbes]
  • And #8 is not done yet. [Puck Prose]
  • The Caps have a lot of faith in Tom Wilson, and very little of it is based on his physical presence. [NBCSW]
  • Speaking of Wilson, the Pens claim they’re not focusing on him... which, if true, is different than what they’ve done every day of the last two months. [Tribune-Review]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Caps 365, Reirden)]
  • Injuries have given Madison Bowey the opportunity to make himself an invaluable part of the lineup. [WashTimes]
  • The Caps’ Cup win and the celebration that followed were among the defining sports stories of 2018. [Yahoo!, USA Today]
  • T.J. Oshie’s contributions to the Caps aren’t limited to just his offensive abilities. [NoVa Caps]
  • With another healthy scratch upcoming for Andre Burakovsky, the Caps are in a tough spot as to next steps for #65. [NBC Sports]
  • Reflecting on the unsung hero on the blueline that is Michal Kempny. [NoVa Caps]
  • In today’s “Awwww....” file, Travis Boyd’s wife and daughter had a special treat waiting for him to celebrate his first NHL goal. [Caps]
  • The man from the North Pole talks about the North Pole’s biggest holiday. [NBCSW]