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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Coyotes Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps prepare to host the Coyotes but will do so without T.J. Oshie, Backstrom skates, puppies take over the rink and more.

NHL: NOV 06 Coyotes at Capitals Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s bout with the Coyotes from Vogs, NBCSW, Peerless, and if you feel like yukking it up with some ‘Yotes fans, check out our SB Nation pals over at Five for Howling.
  • Tough blow heading into the weekend as the Caps announced T.J. Oshie is week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Ugh. [WaPo, NBCSW, AP, The Score]
  • In slightly better injury news, Nicklas Backstrom skated in full gear before practice yesterday and may travel with the team to Florida next week. [NBCSW]
  • Checking in on the coach and a healed-up Nic Dowd after yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Laviolette, Dowd)]
  • The Caps are movin’ on up in this week’s Super 16. [NHL]
  • Count Brett Hull as a fellow fan of watching Alex Ovechkin’s quest to overtake, among others, Hull’s own goal-scoring record. [NHL]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday’s super-annoying overtime loss to Detroit. [Caps, S&S, RMNB]
  • Okay, so three overtime games, three losses... just a fluke or is there reason for concern? [NBCSW]
  • A strength for much of the early part of this season, the Caps’ defense has been AWOL over the past few games. [THW]
  • Not exactly breaking news or staggering analysis but PUPPIES! The Caps’ practice facility was overrun with cuteness yesterday for the annual puppy calendar shoot. [WJLA, WHN, RMNB, NoVa Caps]
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