Wednesday Caps Clips: Penned In

Justin K. Aller

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's shutout loss to the Penguins, talking Evgeny Kuznetsov, the GMs meet in Florida and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps' blueline is in need of some major help, one that goes beyond one or two moves - unless it's one big one. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us (and relive the magical night in GIFs), Vogs, Monumental video (OatesOvechkinBrouwerHalakBeagle), NHL.comAPPHTWaPoCSNW, PeerlessDSPRMNBPensblogPost-GazetteTribune-ReviewPens and Pensburgh.
  • News and notes from pregame yesterday, i.e. the eye of the Penguins storm:
  • Pens' forward Evgeni Malkin talks about a rift (or lack thereof) with Alex Ovechkin and comparisons to Evgeny Kuznetsov. [Puck DaddyRMNB]
  • George McPhee also talks about Kuznetsov - and interestingly, what he views as the consequences to Kuznetsov's delayed arrival. [NHL.com]
  • Some big-picture thoughts on just what the H is going on here. [B/R (Lozo)]
  • Regardless of the consequences, the addition of Kuznetsov begins to replenish some of the team's depth at skill positions. [Talk the Red]
  • Speaking of the GM, he was hanging out poolside with the other GMs for their annual meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. Could more change be a-coming? [TSNCBCCBS SportsSportsnetSporting News]
  • One change constantly talked about is the addition of 3-on-3 overtime to cut down on shootouts? Think it's just as much of a gimmick? Think again. [BHS]
  • A few leftovers from Monday's loss:
    • Despite dominating most of the game, the Caps were unable to capture a win because of a crucial 12 seconds. 12. [Rink]
    • Recaps and other thoughts. [WaPoRMNB]
    • Check out Clyde's awesome pics from a less-than-awesome game. [Rink]
  • Scary, scary moment in Dallas on Monday, as Stars' forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench. Per the team, he's resting comfortably at the hospital and is undergoing tests. Best wishes to him and his family. [StarsStar-TelegramBHS]
    • The incident brought back some haunting memories for current and former NHLers. [ESPNNJ.com (and again)]
  • So what exactly will happen on the oh-so-small chance (...ha) that the Caps don't make the playoffs this year? [PHT]
  • ...and if they don't make it, would that really be the worst thing? [Capitals Hill]
  • Bask in the warm glow of all the reasons each team in the Metropolitan Division is mediocre. [THW]
  • There are no shortage of youth hockey programs around the country - but Fort Dupont in DC continues to stand out as a special place that's helping expand hockey's reach. [WaPo]
  • An American hockey team will face off against a Canadian one in Sochi for the third time tomorrow. Regardless of outcome, though, there's no shortage of heroes on either side. [WashTimes]
  • A look at how hockey was represented at this year's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, whose attendees included Caps' Assistant GM Don Fishman. [TSN]
  • Want to feel old? Check out some of the names on the roster for the upcoming US National Team Development Program tryout camp. [USoHPHT]
  • Y'know, I somehow survived being subjected to live sporting events at a very young age. And back then they didn't have those fancy ear muffs. Or shoes. Or electricity. [WNST]
  • Finally, happy 36th birthday to Brent Johnson and happy 45th to Tyler Larter.
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