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Friday Caps Clips: Let the All-Star Weekend Begin

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A trio of Caps and their coach descend on St. Louis for the weekend’s festivities, which kick off with tonight’s skills competition and more.

2020 NHL All-Star - Media Day Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Our villainous bracket was down to two yesterday, and the shocking, surprising winner will be revealed later today. Oh, the anticipation... [Rink]
  • A historical look back at how Alex Ovechkin has performed by month. Next up? February. [Rink]
  • Handing out some more awards at the break. [Rink, PHT]
  • The Caps’ all stars are shining bright in St. Louis, kicking off the weekend with yesterday’s media chat. [Caps video (Reirden, Oshie scrum/one-on-one, Carlson scrum/one-on-one)
  • Participants have been selected for tonight’s Skills Competition, featuring John Carlson attempting to defend his Hardest Shot crown (and not much else for the Caps). [NHL]
  • He may not be at the All-Star Game but Alex Ovechkin is certainly on everyone’s mind this weekend. [ESPN]
  • Bold predictions for what to expect from some of the Caps this weekend. [StarsandSticks (Oshie, Carlson)]
  • A look back at the Caps’ protection list from the 2017 expansion draft... and some areas where they may want a do-over. [NoVa Caps]
  • Is it time to start shopping Evgeny Kuznetsov around for a deal? [StarsandSticks]
  • The trade deadline is just a month away - so what is the Caps’ biggest need for their second-half push? [NBCSW]
  • Caps’ prospect Brian Pinho has already doubled his point total from his rookie season and his hot first half has helped give a boost to the Bears. [NoVa Caps]
  • Checking in on the Metropolitan Division. [Canes Country]
  • Who have been the Caps’ top players during the first half of the season? [StarsandSticks]
  • Finally, happy 50th birthday to Jim Mathieson, happy 71st to Guy Charron, happy 47th to Chris and Peter Ferraro, and happy 34th to Jack Hillen.