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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Avalanche Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps hit the road for a three-game Western swing. First stop? A date in Denver with the Avs.

Washington Capitals v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s dance in Denver from Vogs, NBCSW, FLM, Peerless, and NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Mile High Hockey for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • The Caps will be without Evgeny Kuznetsov tonight, as he sits out with an upper-body injury suffered against the Islanders Monday night. [NBCSW]
  • With Kuznetsov on the sidelines, Lars Eller moves to the second-line center role, which isn’t a bad thing since his play has been one of the lone bright spots of late. [NoVa Caps]
  • Alex Ovechkin’s quest for 700 hits the road. [NHL]
  • Ovechkin is the first player in almost a decade to make a legitimate push for that 700-goal mark... so who’s the next one to take on the challenge? [PHT]
  • The trip out west comes at the perfect time for a team in desperate need of a reset. [WaPo]
  • Hear from the coach and team before they flew off to Denver. [Caps video (Reirden, locker room)]
  • The Caps have plenty of goal-scorers on their roster - but what options are available if they wanted to add some scoring depth at the deadline? [THW]
  • Unsurprisingly, the Caps took a bit of a tumble in this week’s Super 16 rankings. [NHL]
  • What’s wrong with the Caps’ defense? [NBCSW]
  • This has really been a tale of two seasons for the Caps, with the split happening right as the calendar flipped to 2020. [NoVa Caps]
  • Things are bleak right now. The Caps aren’t playing well and haven’t been for a while. But try not to panic. [NBCSW]
  • Comparing the Caps’ goalies to the League’s best. [StarsandSticks]
  • Great news on St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who is doing very well as he recovers from the in-game cardiac episode suffered Tuesday night. [NHL]
  • Finally, happy 45th birthday to Brad Norton.