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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Islanders Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A Metro-centric stretch kicks off the with the first of home-and-home games against the Islanders, the Czech mafia is here and more.

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Taking a closer look at some unexpected improvements by the Caps in recent games. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s battle with the Islanders from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • When the Caps return home for the second half of the home-and-home, they’ll kick off festivities with a ceremony honoring Alex Ovechkin’s latest phenomenal achievement. [Caps]
  • The fact that Ovechkin has managed to score 600 goals in fewer than 1000 games speaks not only to his skill, but also his insane durability. [Caps]
  • Counting down Ovechkin’s top eight goals. [Puck Prose]
  • So... who’s the goalie? [NBCSW, GNGH]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Caps365, Trotz)]
  • The trio of Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and T.J. Oshie has helped spark Oshie once before; they were reunited yesterday. [NoVa Caps]
  • With the additions of Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek, the Caps now have a little Czech mafia running around - and the leader is Jakub Vrana. [WaPo]
  • #FreeChristianDjoos. [FiCP]
  • This year’s Caps are different. Not necessarily good different or bad different, just... different. [Puck Prose]
  • An examination of zone exits and entries from the Caps’ win over Winnipeg on Monday. [NoVa Caps]