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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the Caps lose their second-straight game, Ovi takes over seventh place on the all-time goals list, a closer look at fourth line usage and more.

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Capitals’ luck when it comes to injuries since the Ovechkin Era began? Great. Their luck this season? Not so much. [Rink]
  • Washington’s usual fourth line of Carl Hagelin, Nic Dowd, and Garnet Hathaway has been deployed in an unusual way to start the season — how have they fared? [Rink]
  • The latest episode of Japers’ Rink Radio features RMNB’s Pat Holden and a discussion evaluating the Caps’ recent play, make sure you give it a listen! [Rink]
  • Recaps and assorted musings from last night’s loss to the New York Rangers from the Rink, Vogs, WaPo, Caps video (Laviolette, Ovechkin/Hagelin, condensed game, recap) NHL, Reuters, Sportsnet, TSN, NBCSW (and again), Newsday, Forever Blueshirts, Blue Shirt Banter, NoVa Caps, and RMNB.
  • A bright spot from last night’s game: Alex Ovechkin is now in sole possession of seventh place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. [NHL, NoVa Caps, NBCSW]
  • In response to a recent spike in players hitting the NHL’s COVID protocol list, the league announced a series of modifications to their COVID preventative measures aimed ad reducing exposure to both players and staff. [NHL]
  • The league also revised their policy on arena access just one day after it was implemented. [ESPN]
  • The Capitals announced yesterday that they loaned goaltender Pheonix Copley to the AHL. The Hershey Bears begin their season in Binghamton tonight. [NoVa Caps]
  • Caps legend Peter Bondra might not have been part of a Capitals roster since 2004, but he still felt like a part of the 2018 Cup run. [NBCSW]
  • The Capitals got off to a pretty good start in January, despite the injury bug biting them hard. [S+S]
  • A BetMGM prop bet for Super Bowl Sunday pits two all-time greats against each other: Alex Ovechkin and Tom Brady. [Athletic ($)]
  • Finally, happy 40th birthday to Kris Beech!