Friday Caps Clips: Bad Hab-its; Caps @ Devils Game Day

Rob Carr

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: looking back at last night's faceplant in DC, looking ahead at a chance for redemption in Newark, and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us (with quotes), Monumental (Oates, players), Vogs, NHL.com, Puck Daddy, Reuters, WaPo (gamer, blog), Wash Times (gamer, blog), CSNW (gamer, blog), DCEx, DSP (and again), Peerless, Puckhead, CapCentre, Caps Basketball, Hockey Shopped, RMNB (and again) and Caps Daily, and for the view from across the border, the Habs (with numbers), Montreal Gazette, RDS (via Google Translate... worth it just to read "Russian and Troy Brouwer also had a dungeon"), La Presse and Le Journal (ditto), Boucher Scouting and our pals over at Eyes on the Prize.
  • Previews of tonight's game in lovely downtown Newark from Vogs, NHL.com, Peerless and RtR, and be sure to check out the other side of the matchup from the Devils (Kovalchuk, Zajac), Fire & Ice (and again) and of course our SB Nation friends over at In Lou We Trust.
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's morning skate:
    • In general. [Capitals Voice (Beagle, Oates), DSP]
    • He may be unhappy with his ice time so far under his new coach, but Mathieu Perreault is adamant that he didn't ask for a trade...he just said "trade me if I'm not a part of your plans". Which is different. Sort of. [BHS, CSNW, WaPo, Wash Times (and again), DCEx,
    • The word is out that guys are going to have to earn their spots. Well... most of them, anyway. Ahem. [Wash Times]
    • Case in point: Marcus Johansson, who was relegated to fourth-line duty for (most of) last night's game against Montreal after failing to impress on the top line. [WaPo]
    • Going into last night's game the Caps wanted to a) gain and hold a lead and b) improve their penalty-killing in order to c) win their first game. Three strikes, you're out. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Despite the loss of Alexander Semin to free agency, the Caps haven't lacked for secondary scoring so far. That pesky primary scoring, on the other hand... [Sick Unbelievable]
  • Notes from Chocolatetown. [Bears Thoughts, Penn Live, RtR]
  • Considering how steady they usually are, it's somewhat staggering to note that John Carlson and Karl Alzner have been on the ice for roughly two-thirds of the Caps' goals-against so far. Yikes. [RMNB]
  • Braden Holtby hasn't been the reason for the Caps' woes, but his early season struggles certainly aren't helping any. [CapCentre]
  • With the Caps struggling early on, will George McPhee try to make a splash on the trade market? [WNST]
  • "The Caps are fighting themselves more than any specific opponent." Hey, look, they ARE able to beat someone! [Fannation]
  • Wojtek Wolski checks in with The Tommy Show. [94.7 Fresh FM (audio)]
  • In case you were wondering (you were, right?) - yes, "Unleash the Fury" is still alive and well at VC. And rolling out awfully early in the game these days, judging by last night's early second period unleashing. [RMNB]
  • Verizon Center is celebrating it's 15th season of Caps' hockey - and the man behind the bench was out on the ice when it all began. [Caps OT]
  • Just how good are the Caps? Um...*checks standings*...*checks scoreboard*... I'll take "not very" for $200, Alex. [WaPo]
  • Sign a petition to bring Obama to a Caps game. You know, because it isn't taking long enough to get through the Verizon Center doors these days without the Secret Service. [Bog]
  • The trials and tribulations of Mike Green's facial hair... as ugly as Caps hockey right now, amirite? [Caps Basketball]
  • If I had a nickel for every story I read about a smiling baguette wearing Caps' gear and posing in front of an ice rink... [Bog]
  • Congrats (we suppose) to former Cap Mike Knuble, who turned a tryout with the Red Wings and a brief stint in the AHL into an NHL contract... with Philly. See you next week, Mike. [Flyers, NHL, CSNW, Wash Times, RMNB]
  • And finally, happy 44th birthday to Steve Maltais and happy (yes, happy) 48th birthday to Esa Tikkanen.
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