Friday Caps Clips: Flyers @ Caps Game Day

Paul Bereswill

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing the penultimate game of the preseason, Ovechkin carries a torch, previews and projections and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • A preview of tonight's second-to-last (hooray!) preseason game against the Flyers from Vogs, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Broadstreet Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup (and here's Your Capitals Minute for today).
  • Trying to predict Alex Ovechkin's goal total and what, exactly, the second line will look like in this week's mailbag. Keep the questions coming - you ask, we answer! [Rink]
  • A whirlwind weekend of a lifetime lies ahead for the captain, as he jets off to Greece tonight to be the first Russian torchbearer and officially kick off the relay to Sochi. Καλή τύχη! [Caps, Monumental video, NHL.com, Sporting News, SportsXchangeGlobe and MailProvinceWaPo, WashTimes, CSNW (and again), RMNB]
  • Those of us lucky enough to be at Wednesday's game got to see this amazing setup by Ovechkin live and in person. If you weren't, trust me - it's almost as impressive in highlight form. [RMNB]
  • Updates from another day out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Oates), Dump 'n Chase]
    • Adam Oates discusses Tomas Kundratek (who cleared waivers yesterday), Brooks Laich (who sat out practice yesterday) and Nicklas Backstrom's impending offspring (who isn't here... yet). [CSNW]
    • More on some of the absentees from practice, including Laich and Joel Ward. [WaPo]
    • John Walton catches up with Darin Segal, Columbia, MD native and a member of Team USA's gold medal-winning hockey team at this summer's Maccabiah Games in Israel. [Monumental video]
  • Previews, previews and more previews:
    • Using hockey analytics to preview the Metropolitan Division... [Lighthouse Hockey]
    • ...and using more traditional methods, like mocking Marc-Andre Fleury. [Sporting News]
    • A look at the Eastern Conference from out west... [CSN Bay Area]
    • ...and a look at the Metropolitan Division from up north. [Sportsnet]
    • Kicking a few Capital questions around a round table. [DSP]
    • Continuing a look at the Caps' blueline. Step right up, Jack Hillen. [Peerless]
    • Projecting the goal totals for player and team - embrace the optimism! [RLS]
  • Rankings, rankings and more rankings:
    • How do the teams stack up against each other by conference? [THN]
    • A list of the top 10 (projected) goalies for the 2013-14 season includes many of the usual suspects, and one particularly familiar name. [ESPN ($)]
    • Buy or sell that Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Jamie Benn are better players than Nicklas Backstrom? Yeah, me too. [TSN]
  • The Sports Junkies continue their second season of Table Manners with a visit from the Secretary of Defense himself, Rod Langway. [CSNW]
  • Meanwhile Karl Alzner checks in with Lavar & Dukes for a chat. [CBS 106.7]
  • Checking in with Chocolatetown:
    • Head coach Mike Haviland chats about the first three days of training camp. [Patriot-News(video)]
    • A free agent acquisition over the summer, Brandon Segal brings plenty of Calder Cup Championship experience - two rings worth - to the Bears this season. [Patriot-News]
    • After clearing waivers yesterday afternoon, Tomas Kundratek will rejoin his old squad in Hershey for training camp. [Patriot-NewsSHOE]
  • With another fight-filled affair Wednesday night, it begs the question - what's with all the preseason fighting? [Capitals Outsider]
  • In fact, what's with all the fighting in general? Why the NHL should just get it over with and outlaw fighting already. [BHS]
  • Is there a chance that Evgeny Kuznetsov might have to delay his NHL dream even more because of military service? Gee, it feels like we've seen this movie before... [RMNB]
  • The Puck Buddys sit down with BBC sports producer Matt Davies, who is headed to Sochi in February and talks about covering the Olympics as a gay man in a decidedly anti-gay setting. [Puck Buddys]
  • Dear Caps: please learn a lesson from this year's Nationals. Love, Ted Leonsis (and every Nats fan who suffered through this year's Nationals. And every Caps fan who has seen it before.) [Bog]
  • Troy Brouwer's two biggest fans are raising money for charity, and they'll have a little help from a no-longer-mysterious benefactor - so go donate and make sure Brouwer has to write a big, fat check. [Indiegogo]
  • Tom Wilson, Jay Beagle and Aaron Volpatti (along with some Wizards and more than a few volunteers) helped to Kaboom! a playground for the kids out at the Eagle Center at McGogney. [@CapitalsPR pics (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)]
  • Finally, happy 55th birthday to Paul Mulvey.
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