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Wednesday Caps Clips: 5000 Miles for That?

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The West Coast swing mercifully comes to an end, the horrible, awful Metropolitan Division, and more.

Derek Leung

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps traveled almost 5000 miles, crossed international borders, spanned time zones and all they got was this lousy t-shirt. And four points. [WaPoCSNW]
  • A few leftover notes from Monday's loss in Vancouver. [WaPoCSNWVancouver Sun (and blog), Nucks Misconduct]
    • So, uh, Karl Alzner might have gotten away with a little something on Monday. [TSNVancouver Sun]
  • Just how bad is the Metropolitan Division, anyway? (Hint... it's really, really bad. More like MetropLOLitan, amirite?) [SportsnetIn Lou We Trust, Peerless]
  • Marcus Johansson is not pulling his weight on the top line. Yeah... he's only tied for fourth in the League in assists, the slacker. Why so low, Marcus? Why?? [Yahoo!]
  • Speaking of the top line, they were dinged up pretty badly in Vancouver. Maybe it's time for the Caps to have a legit shut-down line. [CSNW]
  • It's been asked many a time, but "what the heck is wrong with the Caps?" is still a legit question. And still has no answer. [ESPN (Custance)]
  • But there's no question that Grabo is still fabbo. [TSN]
  • You've probably heard the hype about tracking zone entries (ya big nerd); now check out what players might think of them. [Backhand Shelf]
  • 100 things you need to know heading into the Sochi Olympics, which are - wait for it - 100, er, 99 days away! [ESPN]
  • CSN's Rob Carlin talks local sports, including the Caps and why their offense has been unimpressive so far this season. [WNST]
  • Live by the power play, well... you know the rest. [Nosebleeds]
  • At just 19 years old, Tom Wilson is carving out a role with the Caps. A very, very small one. [Freep]
  • Checking in on the prospects:
    • Between Caps' goalie prospect Philipp Grubauer and veteran backup David Leggio, the Bears may have the makings of an elite goalie tandem. [THW]
    • The Reading Royals will host a hockey game on the day before Halloween. And because minor leagues can't resist the lure of holiday-themed jerseys... this thing happened. [Puck Daddy]
    • 2013 draft pick Madison Bowey does a quick Twitter Q&A. [Kelowna Rockets (h/t sk84fun_dc)]
  • Finally, happy 36th birthday to Ivan Ciernik, happy 30th to Sean Collins, happy 46th to Pat Elynuik, and happy 60th to Ron Lalonde.