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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Sabres Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps look to start a new winning streak as Buffalo returns to town, thoughts on a loss to the evil ones, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s rematch against the Sabres from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, Buffalo News, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Die by the Blade for the other side of tonight’s game.
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday’s loss to the (ugh) Penguins. [Vogs, NBCSW, Yahoo!, RMNB, Pensburgh]
  • With championships on both sides and plenty of vitriol to go around, the Caps-Pens rivalry is finally a battle of equals. [WaPo, Deadspin]
  • Controversy aside, Tom Wilson has been increasingly valuable to the Caps - and his GM knows there’s likely no Cup without him. [NBCSW]
  • Michal Kempny’s path to the NHL wasn’t a typical one, but he finally achieved his dream - and hasn’t stopped dreaming since. [Caps]
  • Scoping out the Metropolitan Division in the lead up to the holiday break. [Canes Country]
  • The power play is struggling big time right now, and John Carlson has some theories as to why. [NBCSW]
  • Even statheads are starting to think that Alex Ovechkin could catch Wayne Gretzky for the all-time goal-scoring title. [NHL]
  • The man himself talks about his hot start to the season. [Fox5DC]
  • Devante Smith-Pelly, ever the mensch, helped hand out coats to some local kids yesterday. [Caps]
  • Looking back at some of the best sports images of the year, including a number of your Stanley Cup Champs. [Newsweek, CBS Sports]
  • $40 million dollars in renovations later... are the upgrades at Capital One Arena worth it? You be the judge. [NoVa Caps]
  • Checking in on the Caps’ prospect pool, including recent call-up Tyler Lewington and his first taste of NHL hockey. [NBCSW]
  • A beloved hat was mistakenly tossed to the ice in Raleigh - but thanks to some kind, caring people, it found its way back to its grateful owner. What a story. [WaPo]