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Sunday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Stars Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps return home after a successful road trip to host the Stars, but won’t be facing former goalie Braden Holtby, the deadline looms and more.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of this evening’s visit from the Stars by Vogs, NBCSW, and Peerless, and be sure to swing by our SB Nation pals over at Defending Big D for the view from behind enemy lines.
  • Unfortunately the Caps won’t get to welcome back Braden Holtby to DC for the first time, as Holtby remains on the sidelines with an injury. [Dallas Morning News ($)]
  • The trade deadline is just 24 hours away, and here are some x-factors that could cause some chaos in the time left. [The Score]
  • Apparently the Caps were sniffing around center Nicolas Deslauriers before he was traded to the Wild (and no thank you). [WHN]
  • A few leftovers from Friday’s shootout win over the Hurricanes. [Caps, S&S, RMNB, Canes Country]
  • After dishing out a slash on Axel Jonsson-Fjallby in that game, Nino Niederreiter had a little chat with the league and was handed a one-game suspension. [AP, The Score, NBCSW]
  • Connor McMichael was pivotal in helping the Caps comeback in Raleigh on Friday, part of a continued return to form for the formerly slumping youngster. [WaPo]
  • Sure, he’s got a ton of goals, but how about those points? Alex Ovechkin is now the leader among LW in points and is 22nd overall in that category. Not bad. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 39th birthday to Dennis Wideman!