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Wednesday Caps Clips: 'The Graph Is Going Up'

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Bruce Boudreau went over the tape of the Devils game and feels better about the game than he did in its immediate aftermath. [Capitals Insider]
  • The Caps need to be better when the game's on the line. [Washington Times]
  • Jose Theodore feels great (it's early, of course, but if Brian Pothier was last season's "feel good" story, JT60 sure would make a great one for this year).[Washington Post]
  • Vogs brings the optimism. [Dump and Chase]
  • Plenty of coverage of last night's Season Ticket Holders event at Six Flags. [@washcaps, SBN, Alex Ovetjkin, @onfrozenblog, OFB]
  • Alex Ovechkin is #48 on GQ's list of "The 50 Most Powerful People in D.C." Of course, all the people on the list only have power because Brooks Laich allows them to have it. [GQ]
  • Set aside an hour to listen to NPR's "Hockey Diaries," featuring Laich and Karl Alzner. It's well worth the time. [Welcome To The Show]
  • The Caps are down one spot to 11th in ESPN's weekly power rankings, down eight to 13th at TSN.ca (with an astute, if obvious observation), down four to seventh at CBSSports.com, down six to eighth at CBC.ca (where they offer the very insightful "Need to fix a few things, but will be fine"), and down four to fifth right here at SBN.
  • "10 Burning Questions" with Boyd Gordon. Allow us to add an eleventh: What's with all the flippin' bad penalties, Gordo? [Capitals]
  • Whether or not it's time to panic, I can't stand being told whether or not it's time to panic (right, Chief?). [Cap Centre]
  • Really harsh criticism of Alex Semin, who apparently is "a slightly more skilled version of Miroslav Satan or Maxim Afinogenov." Ouch. [Storming the Crease]
  • The Bears have killed all 17 penalties they've faced so far this season, thanks to "a system similar to what Bruce Boudreau ... used during the 2005-06 Calder Cup season." Maybe they should try that here. [The Patriot-News]
  • Speaking of Hershey, they've sent Braden Holtby to South Carolina, meaning a) Michal Neuvirth is good to go, and b) the Caps have some serious prospect depth in goal (but we knew that). [The Patriot-News]
  • And speaking of Holtby, he makes this week's Hot List. [The Hockey News]
  • We all know that Dobber moves fantasy hockey markets, so when he says buy now on John Carlson, you know what to do. [The Hockey News]
  • Interesting take on the re-birth of Russian hockey. [SI.com]