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Thursday Caps Clips: Down Time

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: An unwelcome return to self-pity, questions arise about the powerplay and the goalies, and the Caps kiddies will try to punch their tickets to Malmö.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Bartender, I'll have another. [Rink]
  • Looks like the Caps need to pull on their big boy breezers ... again. [NBC4]
  • Getting the power play back on track would be a great first step. [WaPo]
  • And perhaps the goalies need a bit more seasoning.  [WashTimes]
  • Of course goals from Mike Green are always a good thing. [RMNB]
  • F-16 is getting the chance to spread his wings this season. [NHL.com]
  • I originally read this headline as "humps," which would have been all kinds of awkward. [Sporting News]
  • If Martin Erat and Dmitry Orlov are in fact traded, what return should the team expect? [CSNW]
  • Tournament time!
    • Congrats to Riley Barber, Connor Carrick and Thomas DiPauli, who have all been named to the preliminary Team USA roster. [USA HockeyUnited States of Hockey (and again), NHL.com, RMNB, Patriot-News]
    • Team Sweden will be announcing its preliminary roster this morning.  Andre Burakovsky and Christian Djoos are expected to be among the invitees. [Hockey Sverige (link in Svensk)]
    • John Carlson's name is in the mix for the US men's Olympic team. Not yet a lock, but there certainly is interest. [Eye on Hockey, USA Today]
  • Finally, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is being hosted in Lloydminster this year, and Braden Holtby's mother Tami will be featured in the "Stolen From a Hockey Card" concert. [CBC, Island Sports News]