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Monday Caps Clips: Bye Babes

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Bye Week begins, the 1-3-1 power play takes hold, the future for the Caps in net and more.

Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Taking a look at where each of the Eastern teams on mandatory vacations stands heading into their break. [NHL]
  • The Capitals’ power play became the gold standard back in 2012, and teams have been imitating their 1-3-1 setup ever since. [NYTimes]
  • Storylines to watch in the month leading up to this year’s trade deadline. [NHL]
  • Crossing the Metro to see what the buyers may be up to at the deadline. [Pensburgh]
  • Get to know Caps’ goaltending prospect Ilya Samsonov. [Caps Outsider]
  • Thanks to the growth of Samsonov and fellow Bear Vitek Vanecek, along with Pheonix Copley’s pending UFA status, the future in net is very much up in the air. [WaPo]
  • The week that was. [Peerless, Pensburgh, All About the Jersey]
  • How puck and player-tracking data, introduced at this weekend’s All-Star weekend, will change how we understand hockey. [RMNB]
  • Handing out some midseason(ish) awards. [Forbes]
  • Looking at the longest losing streaks endured by teams who went on to repeat as champs. [NoVa Caps]
  • A brief history of the NHL’s use of goal horns. [Sports Daily]
  • Finally, happy 70th birthday to Jack Egers, and happy 53rd to Michal Pivonka.