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Wednesday Caps Clips: On the Eve of a Classic

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Just one day remains until 2015 - and with it the 2015 Winter Classic at Nationals Park. Read all about it (and a few other things) here!

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • All the Winter Classic news you could ever want... and a bit more after that:
    • It's been a long wait, with plenty of distractions, but the Caps and 'Hawks are just about ready to take this thing outside. [PressboxDCTalk the RedCPChicago Sun-TimesThe Sports Bank]
    • Of course, that wait might be a little longer if that pesky sun monster decides to turn up and postpone the festivities. [WaPoCSNW]
    • We are monumentally pumped up!! (See what we did there?) [Rink]
    • The ice, it is ready. [CSNWWashTimes]
    • It's not all about Alex... but it's not not all about Alex, either. [Sportsnet]
    • These two franchises have come a long way over the last decade, and their meeting in the Winter Classic - in DC - is a reminder of just that. [SportsnetDailyHerald]
    • Last night's episode of the EPIX series Road to the Winter Classic featured Christmas celebrations, big wins, frustrating losses... and eight kinds of herring. Relive it all. [RinkNHL.comDSP]
      • Get a little extra footage with a look at how each of the goalie masks for the Classic were made. [Monumental video]
    • Ted Leonsis asked for this game. He begged for this game. He waited for this game. And now he's ready for this game. [Rolling Stone]
    • Also ready for this game? Eric Fehr, aka the guy who scored two goals the last time the Caps appeared in a Winter Classic. [WashTimes]
    • Bask in a plethora of pictures:
    • Current and former players alike are embracing the nostalgia and remembering a simpler time when all they did was skate outside. [NHL.comWaPoCSN Chicago,
    • A day before the big boys took to the ice, the media, Caps alumni and some other VIPs got to test it out with a scrimmage. We see you in that Pens jersey, Brent Johnson... [Monumental video, SportsnetCSNWRMNB]
    • If you thought Jason Chimera wasn't going to have something to say about those Joel Ward Winter Classic ads, you're crazy. [DSP]
    • The Caps might want to keep an eye on Kris Versteeg tomorrow - he has a tendency to score at these things. [Red Eye Chicago]
    • The hockey hasn't always been great overall, but each of the six Winter Classics has had at least one great, memorable or defining moment. [Puck Daddy (video), Sportsnet]
    • And after six years, Doc Emrick still loves every minute of every one of them. [NHL.comWaPo]
    • The NHL's in-game entertainment will pay tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces, by way of a group of performers that is... um, diverse? Diverse. That works. [NHL.comWaPoPuck Daddy]
    • We may be rockin' the red in the stands, but this year's Winter Classic will be green. [NHL.com]
    • Washingtonians, rejoice! There will be no meters - I repeat, no meters - on the streets around Nationals Park on New Year's Day. [WTOP]
    • Help Barry Trotz pick out the perfect ensemble for his Winter Classic debut! [RMNB]
    • Five fast facts about the game. [Heavy.com]
  • John Walton takes a look back at the 2011 Winter Classic as we look forward to tomorrow's game in your Morning Drive. [Capitals Voice]
  • Check out Elliotte Friedman's always great 30 Thoughts, where we find out just what George McPhee has been doing to stay busy. NOOOOOOOOO! [Sportsnet]
  • Hockey in DC hasn't always been a huge draw - that it has become one is primarily due to the arrival of the guy who wears #8. [NHL.com]
  • The Caps are proving to be more than the "one-trick pony" they once were. [NHL.com]
  • Looking at why Jaromir Jagr would be a great fit for the Caps. [Stars and Sticks]
  • News and notes from the team's last practice at Kettler before the Classic:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinCarlsonGreenFehrLaichHoltbyBackstrom)]
    • As amazing as it sounds, Brooks Orpik's injury may not be as bad as it looked and he will be a game-time decision tomorrow. [Monumental video (Orpik), NHL.comAP, WaPo, CSNWWashTimes]
    • If he can't go, the Caps will likely call up Steve Oleksy - and he's ready for his shot at Winter Classic duty if needed. [Patriot-News]
    • Tom Wilson and Michael Latta interview each other, Justin Peters and some shaving cream make a surprise appearance, and magic happens. [ESPN (video)Caps OT]
  • Year in review:
    • A look back at the top ten stories (or in some cases, "stories") around the Caps over the last 12 months. [Rink]
    • 14 numbers that helped define hockey in 2014. Good *twitches* list *twitches* [NHL.com]
    • The 10 greatest hockey fights of 2014. [Puck Daddy]
    • The year in DMV sports. Get your ulcer meds ready for this one. [CSNW]
  • After just missing the cut last year, Caps' prospect Madison Bowey is showing off his skills at both ends of the ice for Team Canada at the World Juniors. [CP]
  • The Caps once got former NHL referee Paul Stewart in trouble over his uniform after he made a bad call against them... which is a very weird type of vengeance, but okay. [Hockeybuzz]
  • Happy 59th birthday to Gary McAdam.
  • And finally, to all of you wonderful people who stop by all year long, here's wishing you a happy, healthy and safe new year from all of us here at Japers' Rink!