Monday Caps Clips

Team USA's Coach Housley and WJC hopefuls gather in Lake Placid this week. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● We've hit the motherload of NHL.com Caps previews by our good friend Corey Masisak. [NHL.com and again and again and again and again]

● With some new faces in town and a new system in place, the Caps have been freed at last. [NHL Numbers]

● But will it be enough to win the Southeast Division? [PHT]

● The Captain's consistency should be recalibrating expectations. [Peerless]

Nicklas Backstrom and the 59 meatballs. [Hockeyramblings]

● A busy summer continues for some of the Caps' young prospects, as Connor Carrick, Garrett Haar, Travis Boyd and Thomas DiPauli head to Lake Placid for Team USA's Junior Evaluation Camp. [CSNW]

● The man in charge of those Team USA hopefuls? Former Caps defenseman Phil Housley, who wants his team to use the ever-popular up-tempo style in pursuit of gold this December. [USA Hockey]

● With Olympic tennis coming to an end over the weekend, so too did the thrilling adventures of Alex Ovechkin, Olympic Spectator:

○ Celebrate good times, Moscow style. [SB Nation DC]

○ Ovi rocking the red (iPhone cover) in celebration of bronze. [NBCW, RMNB, CSNW, Alex Ovetjkin]

● Finally, Ovechkin made his presence known at the 33rd National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore over the weekend. [RHSP]

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