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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps return to Philly looking to get things back on track from a near-embarrassment, delving into that pesky blown leads issue and more.

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps’ inability to hold a lead has been a trend all season long - but the reason behind that trend may surprise you (or it may not). [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s return to Philly from Vogs, AP, NBCSW, and Peerless, and as always be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Broad Street Hockey for coverage from the other side of the next two games.
  • The big news of the day was the huge TV deal made by the NHL that will put hockey back on ESPN (and ABC and Hulu). Cue the music! [NHL, ESPN, AP, WaPo]
  • This new deal will (finally) take the NHL’s viewer experience into the future, embracing streaming platforms and more of a national media reach. [NHL]
  • T.J Oshie brings a unique combination of energy, grit and youthful exuberance to the ice - and all of that continues to make him tremendously effective. [WaPo]
  • One year later, a look back at the week that the sports world hit the pause button. [NBCSW]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday’s OT win over New Jersey. [Vogs, RMNB, S&S]
  • After struggling a bit in his first season as a pro, Caps’ prospect Brett Leason is off to a strong start in Hershey for his sophomore go-’round. [NoVa Caps]
  • Power rankings, plus one underrated storyline for each of the 31 teams. [ESPN]
  • Check out this new resource that gives you every (known) Capitals’ suspension dating back to the team’s inaugural season. [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Bill Houlder.