Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Game Day

Patrick Smith

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's battle with the Blue Jackets, a few more notes on Sunday's loss to the Avs and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's duel with Columbus from Vogs, NHL.com, the Blue Jackets, AP, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at The Cannon for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • A healthy helping of Western Conference foes has the Caps ready to get back to home ice and a new Eastern rival. [CSNW]
  • Another week, another look at the individual ups and downs from the past four games. [Rink]
  • A few leftover notes on Sunday night's loss. [WaPo, CSNW]
    • Alex Ovechkin took a bit of a spill in Denver - with some help, of course - and was none too happy about the lack of a call. [WaPo]
  • Despite the two straight losses, the problem for the Caps hasn't been a lack of effort - it's fixing the little things that have plagued them all year. [WaPo, WNST]
  • You can't stop the Caps' power play. You can only hope to contain it... [Rotoworld, RMNB]
  • ...same goes for the penalty kill, but that's probably because it's had soooo much practice. [Yahoo!]
  • Despite the last two losses, the Caps are amazingly creeping up in the power rankings. Hooray for widespread mediocrity, I guess? [TSN, CSNNE]
  • Speaking of mediocrity, a look back at the week that was - the good, the bad and the meh, indeed. [Puck Buddys]
  • Facing off against Semyon Varlamov, who is dealing with some off-ice legal issues (we'll call it that for now), reminds us that scandals for the Caps have been few and far between over the years. [Caps Outsider]
  • "Braden Holtby may not have wanted to fight, but from the looks of it, he did little in the way of protecting himself after Emery engaged the clinch. It became his responsibility to protect himself the second Emery grabbed him." That's... one opinion. [Yahoo!]
  • Checking in with the prospects:
    • A leg injury to Tomas Kundratek on Sunday has the Bears in need of some blue line assistance, so they've recalled Patrick Wey from Reading. [Patriot-News]
    • Sunday night's game featured the Bears in special military jerseys for Veteran's Day, a gesture that went beyond just a simple jersey for some. [SHOE]
    • Congrats to 2013 draft pick Andre Burakovsky, who scored his first career hat trick for the Otters over the weekend. [RMNB]
  • Remember that guy with the insane follicle tribute to Ovechkin from Sunday's game? You know, this guy? Here's his story. [Puck Daddy, RMNB]
  • And remember the deer that caused the ruckus at Stately Ovechkin Manor on Friday? Yeah, that deer ought to be looking over its shoulder right about now. [TMZ]
  • Finally, happy 51st birthday to Mark Hunter.

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