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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Devils Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps are back to host the Devils, Ovechkin and Oshie return to practice, the forward lines are coming into focus and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps may finally have hit on the right forward configurations. [Rink]
  • Breaking down more team-centric and NHL-wide trends when it comes to some underlying numbers in the third edition of What Lies Beneath. [Rink]
  • Previews of the first of two against the Devils from Vogs, the Devils, AP, Peerless, NoVa Caps and NBCSW, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at All About the Jersey for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • News and updates from yesterday’s practice, which in a pleasant reversal from the day before, featured 100% more Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie. [Caps video (Laviolette, Backstrom, Vanecek), NHL, NoVa Caps, S&S]
  • It did, however, have 0% Lars Eller, who remains on the sidelines with a frustrating lower-body injury. [WaPo]
  • If the Caps decide to dip their toe in the trade market for goaltending help, what are some potential targets? [NBCSW]
  • Sidney Crosby and Tom Wilson may not agree on much, but they’re aligned in the fact that players just want consistency and clarity when it comes to hits. [AP]
  • A look at the Caps’ remaining schedule, which is the toughest (relatively speaking) in the East Division. [NoVa Caps]
  • Check out where the Caps land on this week’s Super 16 ranking. Hint: It’s somewhere between 1 and 16. [NHL]
  • Tom Wilson is teaming up with Clyde’s to create 43 Burger, a new craft burger delivery restaurant that donates a portion of proceeds to DC Central Kitchen. [Patch.com]
  • Happy 65th birthday to Dwight Schofield, happy 66th to Ted Bulley, and happy 48th to Andrei Nikolishin.
  • Finally, does anyone have more energy than T.J. Oshie?