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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The ‘Canes storm in, gaming the next expansion draft, some end-of-year honors and more.

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Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • Previews of tonight’s clash with the ‘Canes from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, Fox and NoVa Caps and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Canes Country for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Say, how does the Caps’ 2018-19 season measure up at Christmas vs. the Caps’ 2017-18 season at Christmas? Favorably, it seems. [NBCSN]
  • A focus on getting more offense from the defensemen. [WaPo]
  • Player-by-player analysis of the Caps’ roster vis-a-vis the Seattle expansion draft... [NBCSW]
  • ... and a little deeper look at Braden Holtby’s contract. [WaPo]
  • [The redemption of] Alex Ovechkin and [Terrible] Tom Wilson were two of the top ten stories in 2018. [THN, LaPresse]
  • The All-Star case for Caps other than the Captain. [WashTimes]
  • Oh noes! Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is goal-less and struggling to find his game back in Sweden. [Expressen]
  • A ring is born.
  • The Caps have three prospects playing in the World Junior Championship, which dropped the first few pucks yesterday. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, this story about Nicklas Backstrom, his fiancee and a custom painting is the best. [RMNB, NoVa Caps]