Wednesday Caps Clips: Winded in the Windy City

Jonathan Daniel

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's wild loss in Chicago, season previews, predictions and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings of last night's season-opening loss from us, Monumental video (OatesOvechkinBackstromGrabovskiHoltbyLaich), Vogs, NHL.com (with highlights), APSportsXchangeWaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, Puck Daddy, PeerlessF Street FaithfulFrankovicCapitals HillRMNB, DSP (quick takesrecappostgame show), Capitals Hill and Extra Skater (advanced stats), and from the Windy City, Chicago TribuneCSN Chicago and Hockeenight.
    • Mikhail Grabovski would eventually be credited with a hat trick in his first game as a Cap, rounding out a four-point night... [RMNB]
    • ... setting franchise records for goals and points in a player's debut with the club and in a season-opener... [Elias Says]
    • ...but the first Caps' goal of the 2013-14 season was fittingly scored by the captain himself. [Capitals OTCaps Basketball]
    • A trio of Caps' youngsters got their first taste of (regular season) NHL action, with Connor Carrick, Tom Wilson and Michael Latta all making their debut. [NHL.comWaPoCSNWCBSSports]
    • But is all that youth a bad thing? Hard to say if you compare this team to much crappier teams who used young players out of necessity, not talent... [WaPo]
    • As visitors to the home of the reigning Cup champs, the Caps had a pretty good seat for the banner ceremony. They wisely chose to forego that seat for one in the locker room. [WaPo]
    • Former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer was hoping that the Caps - and the emotions from the pregame ceremony - would spoil the party for his old team. Alas... [ESPN ChicagoCSN Chicago]
  • Could this finally be the year for the Caps? Hopefully, if only so we can stop wondering that every darn year. [CSNW]
  • Alex Ovechkin is probably sick of wondering that, too - but he's handling that, and additional pressure to win Olympic gold, with maturity these days. [ESPN (Burnside)]
  • Check in with the voice of the Caps, John Walton, on today's Capitals Minute. [Capitals Voice]
  • Last-minute previews of a season now officially underway:
  • Get out the crystal ball - time for some predictions:
    • The Puck Daddy crew weighs in with some predictions, with one bold contributor declaring the Caps will be the most overhyped team. Because it's 2009? [Puck Daddy]
    • Okay, so who wins the Cup this year? [PHT]
    • Interestingly enough, Elliotte Friedman is waiting to answer that question until after the trade deadline... or more specifically, after the Caps are done at the deadline. [CBC (30 Thoughts)]
  • While we're looking ahead at the real stuff, might as well check in on fantasylan-, er, fantasy hockey:
    • Recapping the preseason and looking ahead at the regular season as a whole. [NHL.com]
    • A couple of Caps pop up as players to buy, while one former Cap is one to avoid. [THW]
  • Power rankings both team-centric and League-wide. [NY PostDSP]
  • Adam Oates is seriously into the details, right down to the curvature of a hockey stick. Make that every single hockey stick for every single one of his players. Keep the crazy comin', coach. [WaPo]
  • The persistent media continues to ask Ovechkin about his native country's anti-gay laws, and he continues to tiptoe around them. Pigeons learn faster, journalists. [Bog]
  • Checking in with Chocolatetown:
    • Final cuts made by the Caps meant that coach Mike Haviland finally got his full roster of players in camp. [Patriot-News]
    • Among those players headed back to Hershey? Dmitry Orlov, who is being praised for his attitude after getting demoted yet again. [Patriot-News]
    • Shootout wizard Joel Rechlicz chats about a memorable stint at Caps' training camp. [Patriot-News]
    • Australian and Hershey Bear Nathan Walker continues to move closer to his NHL dream. [THW]
  • Once a group of fresh-faced, carefree youngsters, the crew formerly known as "Young Guns" is growing up. Sunrise, sunset... [CSNW (video)]
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