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Friday Caps Clips: On a Wing and a Prayer

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Grubauer leads the Caps to victory in Motown, Holtby sits out with a tweak, and more.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Caps365, Trotz,), NHL, Reuters, PHT, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), FiCP, NoVa Caps, RMNB, Freep, MLive, Detroit News, and WIIM.
  • After tweaking his knee against the Stars, Braden Holtby sat out last night and was replaced on the bench by call-up Pheonix Copley. [NBCSW, WashTimes, RMNB, Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps, ESPN]
  • Holtby recently sat out for a spell to “reset” - one of many goalies battling physical and mental fatigue as the playoffs loom. [AP]
  • John Carlson spoke ahead of his 600th career NHL game. [Caps video]
  • Last night marked the third-straight missed by Evgeny Kuznetsov - but he is on the trip, and is “real close”, so sayeth his coach. [WaPo]
  • Take a look at the trailblazers who broke the color barrier for each of the NHL’s teams. [Grandstand Central]
  • Changes are coming to the goaltender interference rules, taking the decision out of the hands of the referees and putting it in the situation room. [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • Ranking every team’s accolade index - aka their overall success in the salary cap era (Cup wins notwithstanding). [ESPN]
  • The Caps inked defensive prospect and 2017 draft pick Tobias Geisser to a three-year entry-level contract. [Caps OT,]
  • Looking at the 10 most dominant DC athletes over the last two decades. [WashTimes]