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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Varly comes a'calling, Erskine goes down with an LBI and Nate Schmidt comes up from Chocolatetown.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's tilt from Vogs, NHL.com and Peerless, and be sure to check in with our SB Nation partners over at Mile High Hockey for the other side of tonight's game.
  • GIF 'til you can't GIF no more. [Rink]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Oates, Ovechkin, Rinkside Update)]
    • John Erskine did not practice and the team announced he is day-to-day with a lower body injury...  [CSNW]
    • ... necessitating a callup for left-handed defenseman Dmitry Orlov Nate Schmidt... [NHL.com, WaPo, CSNW]
    • ... and a corresponding roster spot/salary cap move as Connor Carrick and Michael Latta were reassigned to Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • "We like our lines." [CSNW, WaPo]
  • Oh hai there Semyon Varlamov.  Long time no see! [WaPo, Denver Post]
  • Tom Wilson is answering the bell for his team, and should prob'ly start scoring real soon now.  Because Lucic. [WashTimes]
  • Over in Chelyabinsk, Evgeny Kuznetsov appears to be on the mend and preparing to return to Traktor, perhaps even next week. [RMNB]
  • Near beer is here, dear.  Cheers! [DC Sports Bog]
  • If you are headed to the game tonight, plan to stick around for a while and enjoy a charity hockey game in which DC's first responders are raising funds for the victims of the Navy Yard shooting... [Ted's Take]
  • ...also you should plan to arrive 30 minutes ahead of game time if you are a STH to take advantage of those sweet extra bonus points.  Early birds earn their bobbleworms faster! [DC Sports Bog]
  • Misty water-color Craig Berube and an epic Flyers-Caps line brawl memories. [Grantland (and yeah, that name might've come up in our post here)]
  • And for the futures folk, here's sk8's excellent reference guide for the NCAA season, which kicked off yesterday. [FanPost]
  • Finally, happy 28th birthday to Mike Green and happy 48th to Todd Krygier.

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