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Tuesday Caps Clips: Leafs @ Caps Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of today's Caps-Leafs game, with further analysis on Sunday's loss, Erskine's suspension and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's tilt against the Leafs from Vogs,, Peerless, Sick Unbelievable and RtR, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Pension Plan Puppets for more (including words with unnecessary "u"s) from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • If you missed it last night, a look at how the various Caps are being deployed so far this season. [Japers' Rink]
  • Fun fact: the phrase "it's early but it's getting late" has been used to describe the Caps' season roughly 230,298 times already this year by blogs (including this one) and mainstream media alike. Well... make that 230,299 times. [WaPo]
  • Marcus Johansson is having a rough, rough start to the season. Seems as if perhaps people have started to notice. [Sick Unbelievable, RMNB]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's practice out at Kettler:
    • In general. [DSP]
    • After serving the first game of his three-game suspension, John Erskine still seems a bit puzzled by the severity of the punishment. Might be on your own there, Johnny. [WaPo, CSNW, DCEx, WashTimes]
    • The lines that have held steady for a whole two games are getting a bit of a shake-up ahead of tomorrow's meeting with the Leafs. Good news, though: the first line remains intact. [WaPo, Wash Times (and more)]
    • Special teams need to be more special and less... special panda. [WaPo, WashTimes]
    • Another focus for the team? Clearing out the traffic in front of the net so the goalie can actually see the puck. What a concept. [NBCW]
    • Coach Oates has a three-step program in place toward implementing his new system and getting his team on board. The first step is admitting you have a prob-... wait, that's probably not it. [CSNW]
    • For Roman Hamrlik, it's not about what he needs to do to get better but rather what the other guys are doing to stay in the lineup. That doesn't seem to be the answer he's looking for, though. [Wash Times]
  • A few additional leftovers from Sunday's loss to the Penguins:
    • The morning after. [Wash Times, CSNW, THW]
    • John Carlson talks about the flukiest goal he'll probably ever get. [OFB]
    • Oates (and many others) see positives despite a somewhat lopsided final score. Always look on the bright side of life... [WaPo]
    • A little video replay magic and the powers-that-be have awarded Chris Kunitz a fourth goal in Sunday's game... which is something not many have done against the Caps. [Dump 'n Chase, Sick Unbelievable, AP]
    • The players may not want to use it as an excuse, but add Tomas Vokoun to the list of people who think the Caps could have benefited from more of a training camp. [DCEx]
  • Over the last two games, Alex Ovechkin has shown glimpses of the player he used to be - now he needs to translate that effort into results. [DCEx]
  • Mike Gillis stirs the pot, George McPhee refuses to bite, readers explode from overexposure to metaphors. [Globe and Mail, CSNW]
  • Looking back at the week (and weekend) that was here in CapsNation. [Peerless, Caps Daily]
  • Things have been a little rough for the Caps to kick off the season, but perhaps they're not as bad as their record would suggest (or at least as bad as the fancystats would suggest). [NHLNumbers]
  • Goalie controversy!!1! [Grantland (DBG)]
  • The more things change around here, the more things stay the same. [Puck 'N Hockey]
  • Tough to say how we would entertain ourselves if we didn't have slightly surreal Russian razor commercials featuring Ovechkin to watch, isn't it? [Bog]
  • Somehow the Caps' mailing list was used incorrectly to mail season ticketholders an HR publication. Well, with a new system and new coach, a few bumps are to be expected... [Bog]
  • There may not have been a happier member of the Caps on Monday morning than Joel Ward, who got to watch his team win a championship. Gee, some of us don't know what that's like, Joel. [WashTimes, CSNW]
  • Sperm Whales, you say? [Puck Buddys]
  • And finally, happy 32nd birthday to the man, the myth, the legend and the three-time Washington Capital, Kris Beech.