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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will miss this year’s All-Star Game and the Caps’ February 2 game against Florida to rest a nagging lower-body injury. Ovechkin was voted by fans to be the captain of the Metropolitan Division All Stars. Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the news.

After Wednesday’s game, Caps head coach Barry Trotz said the injury has been bothering Ovechkin since mid-November. “If we wanna accomplish what we wanna accomplish we can’t do it without Alex Ovechkin, and that’s the bigger picture,” Trotz said according to Julian Coltre.

Meanwhile Ovechkin was apologetic he could not attend.

“I want to thank the fans for voting me and tell them sorry, but right now our focus to getting ready for the rest of the year,” Ovechkin said, according to NHL.com’s Katie Brown. “It’s hard, because I like to show up, I like the show and do some show, but it sucks.”

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Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s celebrations in the NHL have been mostly muted since leaving the KHL. But Wednesday, after assisting on Andre Burakovsky’s game-tying goal, Kuzy did what all the hip kids are doing. He dabbed.

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Marcus Johansson left Wednesday’s game after suffering an upper-body injury in the first period.

It’s not apparent exactly what the injury is, but it probably occured when Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds smeared Johansson into the boards halfway into the first period.

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Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner has now played in 423 consecutive games, passing Bob Carpenter for the franchise’s all-time record. Hockey is arguably the most brutal of the top four American sports. Playing just a single 82-season without missing a game is an accomplishment. Alzner’s managed to string four of those together, plus a full 48-game season after the 2012 lockout, and he’s well on his way to doing it again this season again (knock on wood).

Alzner is a reliable and smart player. He uses good skating skills and stick positioning to be successful. And, for five years and counting, he’s been willing to sacrifice his body when the moment calls for it.

The Capitals honored Alzner with a video on the jumbotron during the first period.

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The Washington Capitals hosted a VIP season-ticket holder party at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar Tuesday and something subtle but brilliant happened. During the event, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams switched jerseys. Or should I say Evgeny Williams and Justin Kuznetsov.

It was either a sign of respect or those jokers were trying to confuse everyone.

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This might be the understatement of the century, but the 2015-16 Washington Capitals are really good. They’ve won 35 of their first 46 games, they hold a 12-point lead over Florida in the Eastern Conference, and they’ve got a 14-point cushion over the Rangers for the Metropolitan Division crown.

But if we turn our heads to the President’s Trophy race, that’s where things get even crazier.

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Over the weekend, the DMV area saw two to three feet of snow fall in a historic blizzard. Days later, the dig-out continues, especially in Baltimore. The port-city experienced a record-setting snow. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reported that 29.2 inches of powder fell from the sky.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles released a timelapse video of the snow falling at the most beautiful baseball stadium in the country, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Take a look.

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When we last heard from Nate Schmidt, the Minnesota native was geeking out over the impending snow storm and naming his personal Caps snowball fight dream team.

On Monday, NHL.com’s Katie Brown caught up with Schmidt after the Capitals’ first practice since the blizzard and asked Schmidt about how he spent his days off. Apparently, the Caps defenseman took to the streets of Clarendon, Virginia with a close friend.

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This morning, the NHL released a series of tweets promoting this weekend’s All-Star Game in Nashville. Each tweet included a graphic to get to know each team’s mascot. Slapshot, the Caps mascot, said his (its?) favorite country artist is Luke Bryan, which makes me wonder if Slapshot is secretly Karl Alzner, but that’s a topic for another day.

Then there was Slapshot’s favorite comfort food. Slapshot named Carolina pulled pork, and put Stormy in parentheses. Stormy is the Hurricanes mascot. Stormy says he is a pig, but he looks more like a mouse to me.

Eating another mascot is pretty hardcore answer. Is that even possible? RMNB investigates!

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The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins were supposed to renew their rivalry at 12:30 PM on national television today. Instead, a blizzard dropped two feet of snow on the nation’s capital, paralyzing the area and closing DC’s airports and roads.

So without hockey, what are we to do? I figure: watch really good, old hockey instead! And the obvious thing to watch is the Snovechkin game in its entirety. The similarities from then and now are uncanny.

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