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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Islanders Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps get in one last game before the bye week and All-Star break, Samsonov has the hot hand, prepping for #700 and more.

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of today’s matinee in Long Island from Vogs, NoVa Caps, NBCSW (and again), Peerless, FLM, and NHL, be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of today’s matchup.
  • News and notes from yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Reirden), NoVa Caps]
  • Ilya Samsonov continues to be the hot hand for the Caps, becoming just the second goalie since 1981-82 to win nine straight game. The other one won a Cup last year. [NoVa Caps]
  • With Alex Ovechkin just 11 goals away from his next big round-number milestone, the team is prepping for yet another celebration. [WaPo]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday’s win over New Jersey. [Caps, RMNB, StarsandSticks]
  • Thursday night was about more than just the game itself - it also marked the first time the Caps hosted Hockey Talks Mental Health Awareness Night. [StarsandSticks]
  • Checking in on the team’s prospect pool. [NBCSW]
  • Finally, happy 28th birthday to Pheonix Copley and raise a glass in memory of Pete Laframboise, who would’ve been 70 today.