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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Leafs Outdoor Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps and Leafs get set to take it outside... as long as Mother Nature complies.

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Toronto Maple Leafs v Washington Capitals - Game Five Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Your breezy breakfast links:

  • As we prepare for the first game of March, remember that there’s still plenty of time to make those March pledges! [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s big Stadium Series throwdown between the Caps and Leafs from Vogs, Peerless, Capital Gazette, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Pension Plan Puppets for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • The venue is ready. [Caps video, Caps OT (and again)]
  • The lineups are set. [NBCSW]
  • The starting goaltender has been named. [Caps OT, NBCSW]
  • Now if only these darn winds would settle long enough for them to actually play the darn game... [NHL, WaPo, NBCSW, AP, Sporting News, USA Today]
  • The elements are just part of the fun of the outdoor game experience. [Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail]
  • Due to that pesky wind, both teams moved their practices indoors yesterday. [Caps video (Practice, Trotz, Ovechkin, Holtby, Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Oshie and daughters), WashTimes]
  • Also moved indoors? The traditional pre-game family skates, which the Caps shifted to Kettler. [Caps video]
  • Barry Trotz is raising money for some good causes by auctioning off three Navy officer hats signed by some of the Caps stars. [NHL]
  • This game, in this setting, has special meaning for many in the hockey world with Navy connections. [NHL (and again, more), WaPo (and again), Toronto Sun (and again)]
  • It’s also, despite some waning interest in outdoor games, more than “just two points”. [Star]
  • That’s certainly true for the awesome pilots - hockey fans, all - who will be part of the flyover preceding the game. [NHL]
  • And for the military families who got to skate at Kettler after yesterday’s practice (and took home a $25,000 check from the Caps to help fund hockey programs). [NHL]
  • And hey, there’s that whole “Ovechkin is just three goals away from 600” thing hanging over the whole event. [NHL]
  • Going to the game? Here’s everything you need to know. [NHL, WTOP]
  • Braden Holtby gets the nod tonight despite having lost his last six starts, the first time in his career in which he’s had such an extended slump. No time like the present to fix that, Holts. [NHL]
  • Noted pest Nazem Kadri is ready for the challenge of facing Alex Ovechkin, which has gone so well for him in the past. [NHL]
  • Finding themselves in a standings race for the first time in a few years, the Caps are hoping today’s game will provide them with the momentum they need to finish the year strong. [NHL (and again)]
  • Meanwhile on the other side of the ice, those fresh-faced youngsters in Toronto blue exude the potential the Caps once had. .....*sigh* [AP]
  • Five storylines to keep an eye on as we head down the stretch. [CBC]
  • Checking in on the playoff picture. [NoVa Caps]
  • Now that the calendar has flipped to March, it’s time for the Caps to leave their February doldrums in the past. [NoVa Caps]
  • Rough night for Hershey, as they took a 5-1 lead in the first period over the Phantoms, only to see it disappear en route to a 7-6 loss. [NoVa Caps]