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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Flames Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: They’re baaaaaaaaack.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s long-awaited action between the Caps and Flames from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, and the Calgary Sun, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Matchsticks & Gasoline for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • They may be without Alex Ovechkin tonight, but the Caps have to find a way to snap out of their recent slump. [NBCSW, WashTimes, AP, NoVa Caps]
  • The boys are back in town, rested, and ready to go as they took to the ice yesterday for practice. [Caps video (Caps 365, Reirden, Vrana, Ovechkin, Wilson, Djoos), WaPo, NoVa Caps, FiCP]
  • Tracking the evolution of Alex Ovechkin’s infamous one-timer from his office. [NHL]
  • Hey, turns out repeating as Stanley Cup Champs is a pretty tricky thing to do. [NBCSW]
  • He may seem uber-serious, but Brooks Orpik doesn’t rely just on professionalism and healthy eating to win over the troops - he also occasionally brings the funny. [City Paper]
  • Handing out some midseason report cards to each NHL team. [ESPN]
  • So what’s causing that giving-up-lots-of-goals problem - defense? Goaltending? Coaching? A bit of each? You be the judge. [RMNB, NBCSW]
  • Checking in with the Caps’ prospects, including Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, who returned to Sweden earlier this season. [NBCSW]
  • If it’s February, it must be Hockey is for Everyone month, and the Caps have plenty of events planned. [Caps]