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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Devils Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps look for a bit of revenge as the Devils return, breaking down the Backstrom deal, a special guest makes an appearance at practice and more.

New Jersey Devils v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s rematch with the Devils from Vogs, NJD, NBCSW, AP, FLM, and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at All About the Jersey for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Nicklas Backstrom’s teammates react to his new deal, and don’t seem too concerned about what it might mean for their respective futures (yet). [NHL, WaPo]
  • Okay but what might it mean for Braden Holtby? [NBCSW]
  • More on Backstrom’s new deal the day after the Caps’ center signed on for five more years. [NoVa Caps]
  • Point: The Caps missed the target with Backstrom’s new contract. Counterpoint: Nicklas Backstrom deserves every penny he gets and then some so there. [THW, StarsandSticks]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Reirden, locker room, Caps365), NoVa Caps]
  • After losing four straight to the ‘Canes, the Caps have now taken their Metro “rivals” for two straight - so what have we learned about the Caps as a result? [NBCSW]
  • People all of a sudden want to trade Holtby and/or Evgeny Kuznetsov, which... is a thing one could suggest, sure. [NBCSW]
  • The Caps had a new face in net yesterday, as World Series champ Ryan Zimmerman stopped by to take a stab at goalieing — and survived! [Caps, WaPo, NBCSW (with video, player reaction), WashTimes, Yahoo]
  • The NHL has added a couple of exciting elements to the upcoming All-Star festivities in St. Louis. [NHL (and again)]
  • The last two Cup winners remain atop this week’s Super 16 rankings... but perhaps not in the same order as before. [NHL]
  • Just how good can Jakub Vrana be? [StarsandSticks]
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Stephen Leach, happy 46th to Todd Rohloff, and raise a glass in memory of Scot Kleinendorst, who sadly passed away last month just shy of his 60th birthday.