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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Blues Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps kick off their road trip with a visit to the Blues, Ovechkin passes on All-Star weekend but Carlson and Holtby make the cut, and more.

NHL: APR 02 Capitals at Blues

Your savory breakfast links:

  • A chat with Chocolate Hockey’s Kyle Mace about all things Hershey Bears. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s tilt with the Blues from Vogs, Peerless, NBCSW, Stats/TSX and NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at St. Louis Game Time for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Alex Ovechkin is going to sit out this year’s All-Star Game to get a little extra rest for the stretch run. [Caps, Caps video (Ovechkin), WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes, NHL, AP, The Score, ESPN]
  • Here’s why that could be a good thing for the Caps in the long run. [NBCSW]
  • It also opened at least one door for a teammate, as the full All-Star rosters were announced yesterday with both John Carlson and Braden Holtby having made the cut. [Rink, Caps, Caps video (Carlson), WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • Vote Backstrom! [NHL, Caps, The Score]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Reirden, Caps365)
  • Tonight’s game will be the 203rd consecutive game for Ovechkin, matching a career high set roughly a decade ago. [Caps Outsider]
  • Looking ahead to some storylines to watch in 2019. [NHL]
  • Logic and reason are all well and good, but there’s still plenty of room for superstition (and messing with each other) in the Caps’ locker room. [NBCSW]
  • The top line has struggled a bit as of late - thoughts on fixing that and more in this week’s mailbag. [NBCSW]
  • How does this year’s high-flying Toronto team compare to the Caps’ “Young Guns” era teams? [NoVa Caps]