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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Avalanche Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Grubi’s return, Ovi’s legacy, MacLellan’s plans and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s action against the Avalanche from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, and STATS/TSX, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Mile High Hockey for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Seven months after being traded to the Avalanche, former Cap Philipp Grubauer prepares for his second meeting against his old team. [MHH, NBCSW]
  • Milestones may not be new to Alex Ovechkin, but becoming the all-time Russian scorer had him reflecting on his place in history. [NHL, NBCSW]
  • His parents also did some reflecting and penned a lovely letter to their son on his historic accomplishment. [Caps]
  • With the deadline rapidly approaching, how will the Caps’ recent struggles alter Brian MacLellan’s plans? [WaPo]
  • Take a look back at some of MacLellan’s best moves since taking over as Caps’ GM. [Caps]
  • The Caps very much need Evgeny Kuznetsov to step up his game. [NBCSW]
  • They also need to maintain the strong defense they’ve shown over their last three games. [WashTimes]
  • Questioning whether Reirden needs to lay down the law and other queries in the latest mailbag. [NBCSW]
  • Want Reirden gone after the recent slump? Just stop it. [Fox1340]
  • Comparing the numbers for this year’s Caps team to the Cup-winning squad of a year ago. [NoVa Caps]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday’s win over the Canucks. [Caps, NBCSW, RMNB]
  • Yesterday’s Hockey on the Hill program featured a demonstration from local students (and mascots) on how hockey can help teach STEM subjects... [NHL, Fox5DC]
  • ...and culminated with the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge at Capital One Arena, with Matt Niskanen and Pheonix Copley on hand to drop the ceremonial faceoff. [Washington Life, Caps OT]
  • Finally, happy 25th birthday to Nathan Walker and Riley Barber, happy 51st to Shawn Anderson, happy 47th to John Slaney, happy 49th to Denis Chasse, and happy 51st to the legend himself, Peter Bondra.