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Friday Caps Clips: Bye Bye, Bye

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It’s time to get back to work as the Caps return from the bye week, Laviolette rolls out some new lines, sniffing out potential blueline upgrades and more.

NHL: JAN 17 Wild at Capitals Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Vacation’s over, and the boys were back on the ice yesterday with some new lines, and still no Tom Wilson or Nic Dowd (although both skated pre-practice). [WHN, NoVa Caps]
  • Peter Laviolette, the two newly re-signed Caps, and a few others talked to the media after their first post-bye week practice. [Caps video (Caps365, Laviolette, Strome, Milano)]
  • Exciting news from the team, announcing that playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly will be back to drop the puck as part of the Caps’ Black History Month celebration. DSP! [Caps, NBCSW]
  • Handing out rankings of power along with reasons to love each team, which must be quite a stretch for some of the vile, heinous teams floating around the NHL. [Sportsnet]
  • Taking a look at another defenseman who could be available and a viable trade option for the Caps in Anaheim’s Dmitry Kulikov. [THW]
  • The Caps’ goaltenders are two of the best in the league at limiting rebound shot attempts. [NoVa Caps]
  • Boston blueliner Jake DeBrusk won’t face the Caps tomorrow - not because of injury, but because his flight yesterday from Edmonton was...cancelled? Hmm. Odd. [98.5]
  • How have Caps’ prospects fared during the Brian MacLellan era? [NoVa Caps]
  • There will be kids aplenty at Cap One this Sunday, as the team’s home game against the Sharks has been designated Youth Hockey Day. [Caps, WUSA9]
  • Things are coming along down at Carter-Finley Stadium ahead of next weekend’s Stadium Series game:
  • Speaking of that outdoor game, if you didn’t get your ticket yet, may be out of luck, as it’s sold out and has been for quite some time. [Axios]
  • Finally, happy 25th birthday to Axel Jonsson-Fjallby!