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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Predators Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Preds are in town, another prospect signs, Ovechkin is prob’ly a game-time decision and more.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Pretty much every Eastern team could be the Caps’ first postseason dance partner, except maybe Buffalo. Who ya got? [Rink]
  • Welcome to the Caps, Brian Pinho. The team finalized their 2-year deal with the Providence Friars forward, and he reported to Kettler for his first practice as a pro. [Caps Today, WaPo, NBCSW, Salem News, Pro Hockey Rumors, ABC6]
  • Previews of tonight’s pas de deux with the Preds from Vogs (plus game notes),, Fox Sports, NoVa Caps and Peerless, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at On the Forecheck for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Alex Ovechkin will be honored for his 1,000th game prior to puck drop tonight, but will he play? He sat out practice yesterday for a “maintenance day”. [NHL, WaPo, NBCSW]
  • Hey there Shane Gersich, whose “good instincts” might have him in the playoff mix... [WashTimes]
  • ... but then, apparently lots of guys are in the playoff mix... [WaPo]
  • ... and speaking of playoff mix, let’s talk about rotating goalies. [WaPo]
  • The Caps’ Metro Division report card is “Incomplete” because nothing counts ‘til the postseason. [Canes Country]
  • If you haven’t yet met Lt. Col. Ralph Featherstone, please go read about him and how the Fort Dupont Cannons Ice Hockey program helped get him to the Naval Academy and beyond. [NHL]
  • With four games remaining in the Hershey Bears 80th anniversary season, the players and coaches are left to wonder one question: now what? [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, the Stanley Cup will get a facelift this spring, when the top tier of names is retired and placed permanently in the NHL Hall of Fame in Toronto. This happens every 13 years or so. [SI]