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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Rangers Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps get their first look at the new-look Rangers, asking questions about the goaltending and the power play and more.

NHL: FEB 24 Rangers at Capitals Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Breaking down a troubling underlying trend in the Caps’ power play. [Rink]
  • Braden Holtby has been prone to slow starts in his career - but there might be more to it than that this time around. [Rink]
  • Join NHL FanPulse and have your voice heard! [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s rumble with the Rangers from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, FLM, and NBCSW, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Nats’ pitcher Max Scherzer will warm up for his World Series appearance next week with a stop at Cap One to drop tonight’s ceremonial puck. [NBCSW]
  • The Caps felt all of the support from the Nats during their Stanley Cup run; now they’re eager to return the favor. [NBCSW]
  • What’s more important: goaltending or defense? That and more in part 2 of the mailbag. [NBCSW]
  • The Caps are eagerly awaiting Michal Kempny’s return, especially with the now uncertain status of Jonas Siegenthaler. [WaPo]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday night’s win over the Leafs. [Caps, RMNB, StarsandSticks]
  • There was a distinct DC family vibe at Capital One Arena as the hometown crowd saluted their WNBA champion Mystics. [Caps]
  • The night was ultimately stolen, however, by a gregarious little hockey-playing munchkin’s Mite of the Nite interview. [FTW, WTOP, Popsugar]
  • So far this season, the defensive pairs have been a bit in flux - so who’s the better fit for a top-four role, Radko Gudas or Nick Jensen? [NoVa Caps]
  • Wrapping up the week for the Metropolitan Division. [Canes Country]
  • They’ve dropped a bit, but the Caps are still in the Super 16 this week. [NHL]
  • Are Braden Holtby’s days in DC numbered? [THN (video)]
  • Tom Wilson has expanded his group, Forty Three’s Friends, to include recipients from the United Heroes League (UHL). [Caps]
  • Finally, happy 32nd birthday to Casey Wellman, and happy 40th to Alex Henry.