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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps get ready to entertain the Canadiens, Marcus Johansson is in the dog house, and much, much more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Canadiens from Vogs, NHL.com, Peerless, Hockey Shopped, Nosebleeds and RtR, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Eyes On The Prize for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler, where the Caps had an optional skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Oates, Hendricks), WaPo, WashTimes, DSP]
    • The optional skates are probably going to be pretty common, League-wide, this year. [Puck Daddy]
    • Marcus Johansson, welcome to Chez Bow Wow. [Monumental (video), CSNW, WashTimes]
    • After watching Braden Holtby for two nights, Michal Neuvirth will get the start against the Habs. [WashTimes, CSNW, WaPo, NBC4]
    • John Carlson is trying to do too much, says Calle Johansson. [WashTimes]
    • But really, the transition to a new (old) style of play shouldn't be all that hard. [Monumental (video), CSNW]
  • On implementing this new system of Adam Oates's. [Dump 'n Chase, WaPo]
  • Panic? Nah. Play with a bit more urgency? Uh, yeah. [WashTimes]
  • Mathieu Perreault doesn't sound like a happy camper about the 8:50 of ice time he's gotten through two games. [Google Translate via La Presse (h/t @sunnydaycrash), RMNB]
  • There weren't too many bright spots in the home opener, but Matt Hendricks was certainly one of them. [WaPo, Capitals Outsider]
  • Other worthwhile leftovers and fallout from Tuesday night's loss. [WashTimes, WaPo, CSNW (and again), OFB, Homer McFanboy, RMNB, Caps Across The Pond, Caps Centre, Puck 'N Hockey, Caps Daily]
  • Bob + Caleb = best. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Don Cherry + Twitter = worst. [WashTimes]
  • Tomas Kundratek is getting his chance; hopefully he makes the most of it. [THW]
  • Please, Hammer, don't hurt 'em. Or do. Whatever, it's hockey. [DC Sports Bog (with related Michael Jenkins awesomeness here)]
  • So how was your experience actually physically getting into the game on Tuesday? [DC Sports Bog]
  • The viewers... they're back... [CSNW]
  • ... as are the fans at the arenas. And what's their reward for their loyalty (or whatever)? Well, it varies. [McKeen's, SI]
  • Roughly one out of every eight NHLers was never drafted, including a couple of Caps. An inexact science, drafting is. [CBC]
  • Is that one "r" or two in "Agent Insider"? [Go Five Hole]
  • Philipp Grubauer will (likely) cap off his ECHL career in style. [HF]
  • Tom Wilson was slapped with a five-game suspension yesterday for a bad hit over the weekend. [CSNW]
  • This is probably the first time I've seen "Bates Battaglia" and "amazing" in the same sentence. [CBS]
  • Hey, here's some Monumental news. [Capitals]
  • Finally, happy (and hopefully relatively pain-free) 27th birthday to Jack Hillen, happy 40th birthday to the Ferraro twins, Chris and Peter and happy 64th to Guy Charron.