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Friday Caps Clips: L.A. Blues

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps falter out west yet again, Holtby gets a rest, Backstrom hits 800 and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s loss from us, NHL, AP, WaPo, NBCSW, NoVa Caps, and RMNB.
  • Ow ow ow ow ow ow OW. [RMNB]
  • Congrats on 800 games played, Nicklas Backstrom! Rinkside Update/Backstrom]
  • Keep racking up those points, John Carlson, and you’ll be raking in the dough this summer. [FRS]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s pregame skate. [Caps, Caps video (Jerabek)]
  • Braden Holtby is going to be getting a little rest, a little time to reset, and that’s probably a good thing. [The Score, NoVa Caps]
  • Barry Trotz defends the seemingly indefensible: playing Brooks Orpik every night. [WaPo]
  • It’s been a while since the Caps were underdogs, but they are this year for sure - and maybe that’ll help them. Probably not. But maybe. But no. But who knows? [THN]
  • The Caps are probably going to break our hearts once more this spring... but maybe being prepared for it will help. Probably not. But maybe. But no. But who knows? [ArvistJ]
  • We can argue about just how important faceoff wins are, but there’s no question that Jay Beagle is killing it in the circle this season. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Phil Housley.