Wednesday Caps Clips: Work in Progress

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Patience is a virtue with the second line, chemistry kills (penalties), welcoming the wee baby Backstrom and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • We take a look at the Caps' ongoing even strength woes and how Eric Fehr's and Martin Erat's current roles might be effecting them... [Rink]
  • ...and then break down a few, well, breakdowns in recent games that proved costly to the Caps. Now with special snazzy GIF power! [Rink]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • News and notes from out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesRinkside Update/Fehr)]
    • That second line may not have clicked just yet, but all involved are convinced it's merely a work in progress... and Adam Oates is willing to be patient. Even if we're not. [WaPoCSNWNBC4]
    • The Caps recalled center Michael Latta from Hershey to reward him for strong play... [CapsPatriot-News]
    • ...and to fill in during practice for Nicklas Backstrom, who was off the ice for the birth of his first child, a baby girl. Mazel Tov! [WaPoCSNW]
    • New blueliner Alexander Urbom is expected to make his Caps' debut during the upcoming homestand. [WaPoCSNW]
    • While less visible than the even strength or power play efforts, the Caps' penalty kill has had some decent success so far by combining chemistry with an aggressive attack. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Fehr, Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson could all be poised for a breakout season in 2013-14. [WashTimes]
  • Oates's usage of Erat thus far is one of the early-season surprises... hear that? "One of". We're not alone! [ESPN ($)]
  • Things to worry about and questions to ask... both of which are common pastimes of Caps fans. [THW (and again)]
  • Tales from around the SB Nation network:
    • Looking at how the Caps' success with the 1-3-1 power play makes it a good fit for the Canadiens. [EotP]
    • A member of our SBN family was recently in a serious car crash - leave her some get well wishes (and perhaps a little something else, as well). Heal up quick, SK! [Anaheim Calling]
  • As the debate over fighting and its place in today's game continues on, get the perspective on it from one who knows a little about dropping the gloves - Steve Oleksy. [Too Many Men]
  • Held up against three-game stretches of historically good possession teams, this rough start might not be as big a deal as we think it is. [RLS]
  • With the promotion of Craig Berube to the head coach of the Flyers, the NHL's coaching ranks are suddenly full of players from the Caps' Cup Final team of 1997-98. [RMNB]
  • Fantasy poolies take note: Alex Ovechkin seems to have picked up where he left off at the end of last season, and Grabo is fabbo. [NHL.comTHN]
  • The captain checks in with one of opening week's top plays. Naturally. [PHT]
  • The season may have gotten off to a rocky start, but there's nothing but optimism and confidence in the Caps locker room. [Talk the Red]
  • Sittin' at the end of the bar, because what else do we have to do? [Peerless]
  • Checking in with how the Caps' prospects have fared over the last week... [THW]
  • ...including Chandler Stephenson, who is off to a career start and is hoping his success translates to team success. [Leader-PostWHL (h/t sk84fun_dc)]
  • No surprise to anyone, Ted Leonsis thinks that Nationals Park would be a natural spot for the 2015 Winter Classic. Yes, please. [Bog]
  • Finally, some pics from last night's Season Ticket Holder's event out at Six Flags. [Capitals Outsider]

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