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Tuesday Caps Clips: Back in Business

Washington Capitals news and notes: Vrana leads the Caps to an Ovechkin-less win over Montreal, the trade deadline looms and more.

Washington Capitals v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Jakub Vrana’s offensive punch on the second line gives the Caps an element they haven’t had since the days of Alexander Semin. [Rink]
  • A look at a busy week ahead for the Caps. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Reirden, locker room, recap), Habs (and again), NHL, AP, CP, Reuters, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), Montreal Gazette (and again), RDS, NoVa Caps, and RMNB.
  • News out of yesterday’s pregame skate, including a little line-shuffling to make up for Alex Ovechkin’s absence. [Caps video (Reirden, Rinkside Update/Boyd), Caps, WaPo]
  • The Caps know that finishing atop the standings hasn’t helped them win Cups in the past... but that won’t stop them from keeping the pedal to the medal down the stretch. [THN]
  • What should each of the Eastern Conference teams do at the upcoming deadline? [Puck Prose]
  • And if the Caps plan to bring in some help at that deadline, who might they target? [NoVa Caps]
  • It’s time to bring the NHL All-Star Game back to DC! [NoVa Caps]
  • Meanwhile in the AHL, Hershey's Matt Moulson and MVP Vitek Vanecek helped lead the Atlantic Division to All-Star victory. [Bears]
  • The Caps’ family is just days away from adding another canine companion to the mix! [WUSA9]
  • Finally, happy 71st birthday to Jack Egers, and happy 54th to Michal Pivonka.