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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 11/16/2010

Capitals get a rare practice day

The Washington Capitals have the best record in the NHL, they sit atop the league standings with 27 points and they've played seven games in 12 days so far in November. That last note doesn't leave much time for a complete regular practice, especially when factoring in recovery time for players.

"I was thinking on the bench we need a practice," Coach Bruce Boudreau said after Sunday's 6-4 win against Atlanta. "We haven't practiced in eight days, because of the games we've played and you could see systems getting looser....We'll have a good practice on Tuesday and just review everything, tighten everything up a bit."

As the season goes on these days can become a little less frequent, but as the Caps prepare for another long stretch of games in the second half of the month -- another seven games in 12 days -- the chance for practice may be just what the team needs.

Colleague Gene Wang examines the scoresheet success of the Capitals defensemen, who have contributed 31 points and 11 goals in the past eight games.

Monday was also the official launch party for Alex Ovechkin's new DVD. Dan Steinberg got a sneak peak and talked to Ovi about the project.

Somewhere a quarterback signed a contract extension, but Steinberg still made time to take a look at the many faces of the mustachioed John Erskine.

As part of the media onslaught for the release of the DVD, Ovechkin talked to LaVar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan yesterday afternoon. You can listen to the audio here.

Japers' Rink has a translation of Ovechkin's latest interview with Sport Express' Slava Malamud.

RMNB's Neil Greenberg broke down the scoring chances for each of the Capitals forward lines.

Penn Live blog Stack the Pads has more on Semyon Varlamov's first start in Hershey.

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