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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of the Caps' visit to Big D, Hershey has a new captain, Hillen goes under the knife and more.

Alex Ovechkin takes on a slew of Stars
Alex Ovechkin takes on a slew of Stars
Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's game against the Stars from VogsNHL.comAP and the Star Telegram, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Defending Big D for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • Former Cap and current Star Sergei Gonchar has a current Cap on his all-time Russian team. Bet you can't guess which one! [Dallas News]
    • Tonight's game marks the Dallas debut of Rich Peverley - of best-gif-ever-in-the-history-of-always fame - after a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat kept him out of preseason. [Defending Big D]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday's game:
    • Observations on the win. [WaPoDSP]
    • The injury to Jack Hillen against the Flames win certainly looked bad at the time... and it turns out it was, with the blueliner out indefinitely after surgery on his right leg. [WaPoCSNWNBCW (and again)]
    • If you missed them, be sure to check out Clyde's pics from the big shootout win because they're awesome. And if you saw them... well, check them out again because they're still awesome. [Rink]
  • News and notes from yesterday's optional skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesGrabovskiUrbomWilsonRinkside Update/Johansson)]
    • Goaltending controversy!!1! [Yahoo]
    • But not really, because Braden Holtby's struggles may just be due to some early-season adjustments he's been making with the help of Olie Kolzig. [WaPo]
    • After two games on the fourth line, the questions continue: just where does Martin Erat fit in on the Caps? [PHT]
  • At 19, Connor Carrick is already turning a few heads after making the club out of camp - but he's just one of a handful of teens making waves in the early stages of the season. [Sportsnet]
  • He's the only one getting a shaving cream hat from a superstar Russian, though. And one of the only people anywhere who could keep talking as if it didn't happen. [Bog]
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    Pretty snazzy souvenir, kiddo. Via Capitals Overtime

  • Like many teams with talented prospects and high hopes, the Caps are having to balance the desire to contend for a Cup with the desire to develop their homegrown talent. [WaPo (Svrluga)]
  • Alex Ovechkin's two goals Thursday night brought his career total up to 374 and moved him past Eric Lindros on the all-time list. So who's next to fall? [RMNB]
  • Happy Hershey Opening Night!
    • The Bears are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2013-14 season, which kicks off tonight with a visit from the Adirondack Phantoms. [Patriot-News]
    • Congrats to Dane Byers, who has been named Bears' captain; joining him with letters on their jerseys are alternate captains Jeff Taffe and Garrett Mitchell. [Patriot-NewsSHOE]
    • Continuing the season preview with an overall look at how the AHL's two conferences stack up. [Patriot-News (EastWest)]
    • Bears forward Peter Leblanc chats about the anticipation of a new season. [Patriot-News]
  • With no place to live just yet, Mikhail Grabovski has been staying - and carpooling - with Alex Ovechkin. And making sure his seatbelt is tightly fastened at all times. Wise. [WaPoCSNW]
  • Thursday night's home opener marked the debut of the latest season-opening video, presented without comment because if you can't say something nice you shouldn't say anything at all. [Bog]
  • Finally, ScotiaBank has a new series of commercials featuring NHL mascots which really are funny... even if you find large, mute, felt-covered animals in jerseys terrifying. Not that anyone would. Ahem. [Puck Daddy]

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