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Thursday Caps Clips: Follow the Leader

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Talking all things Ovechkin, on Wilson’s growth into a leadership role and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • A look at the Caps’ recent power play struggles through the lens of recent history. [Rink]
  • As Alex Ovechkin looks to gain access to the 700-goal club, sneak a peek at how the other members earned their entry. [Rink]
  • Tom Wilson has become one of the team’s leaders, a role his coaches and teammates agree is one he’s been destined for since he arrived in DC. [Caps]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Reirden, locker room, Caps365), NoVa Caps]
  • The Caps have reassigned goalie Vitek Vanecek and blueliner Martin Fehervary to Hershey... for how long? Stay tuned. [Caps]
  • How did Fehervary do in his return to the Caps’ lineup? [NoVa Caps]
  • Delving into the Caps’ current personnel, their lineup, and whether they’re being utilized as best they can. [NBCSW, RMNB]
  • The trade deadline is mere weeks away - based on Brian MacLellan’s history, what can we expect from him leading up to February 24? [NBCSW]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday night’s comeback win and Alex Ovechkin’s historic hat trick. [Caps, RMNB, StarsandSticks (and again)]
  • Still putting up huge goal numbers and thrilling performances at the age of 34, it appears that time is no enemy of Alex Ovechkin. [Fansided]
  • Does Ovechkin’s impressive goal total become diminished if he catches Wayne Gretzky’s empty-net goal record, as well? Well... that’s one take. [Caps Outsider]
  • As he leads the race for yet another “Rocket” Richard Trophy, perhaps it’s time to include Ovechkin’s name in discussions of another trophy: the Hart. [Puck Prose]
  • Finally, happy 66th birthday to Bob Sirois.