Preview of Wednesday story on MVP debate …

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BUSY DAY IN D.C. … ERR, ALEXANDRIA

— A budding steroid controversy involving the Capitals? Blogging Beast and Washington Post beat reporter Tarik El-Bashir has the latest details.

— The Penguins did not practice Tuesday, so there is no word as to the availability of C Evgeni Malkin for a showdown with the East-topping Capitals on Wednesday. How important is Malkin to the Pens? They are 3-7-0 without him this season, and in those games they are 0-for-34 on the power play. Oh, and C Sidney Crosby has only three assists in those games.

Speaking of Crosby, in Wednesday’s Tribune-Review I am running a piece about his candidacy for league MVP compared to the candidacy of Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin. I teamed with Trio Founding Member Corey Masisak, now of CNSWashington.com, for a poll of  NHL national and local writers. Were this the TV business I would call what comes next a teaser:

Ovechkin received 54.2 percent of votes. Crosby came in at 29.2 percent. “Other” received 16.7 percent.

Again, look for more details in Tuesday’s Trib or on the Penguins Page.

You can check out Corey’s story on the results at: http://www.csnwashington.com/pages/landing_capitals/?blockID=202960&feedID=2995

ON ANOTHER NOTE

Happy Birthday, Mom. There aren’t enough thank yous, but add another one to the list.

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