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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's shootout loss in Baltimore, Nathan Walker's impressive camp continues, and more.

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  • Exploring the mysteries, questions, and upside of what could be the Caps' second line this season. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings of last night's shootout loss in Charm City from Monumental video (OatesOvechkinBrouwerWellmanWilson), Vogs, NHL.comAPWaPo, CSNW (bloggamer), CSNNE and Frankovic.
  • Adam Oates says that John Erskine is "top four" on the Caps and is in no danger of losing his job. So... there's that. [CSNWPHT]
  • Visa issues settled and hockey shorts selected, Mikhail Grabovski has finally arrived at Kettler and is ready to go. Huzzah! [Capitals Voice]
  • Camp invitee Nathan Walker continues to make a name for himself... and not just because he has a cool accent. [NHL.comCaps Outsider]
  • Another one with a cool accent, Stanislav Galiev, is also looking to stand out from the crowd and make the leap from the ECHL. [Patriot-News]
  • A few leftovers from Monday's shootout win over Philly:
    • Five thoughts on the win. [WaPo]
    • Adam Oates explains his decision to put Joel  "Wrecker" Rechlicz into the shootout... [CSNW]
    • ...and if you're still not sure whether or not you dreamed it, here's video and audio proof of Wrecker's magic moment. [Sports-Kings.comCapitals VoiceWaPo]
  • Another round of "experts" ranking the "best" defensemen. [ESPN]
  • Previewing the 2013-14 Caps, with a look at the pivots... [DSP]
  • ...and previewing the team from a fantasy hockey standpoint. [TSN]
  • Why Andre Burakovsky should eventually replace Martin Erat... although considering the latter's played exactly 9 regular season games for the Caps and the former, zero, that might be a bit premature. [THW]
  • A number of players have already dropped the gloves this preseason, including a handful of Caps and Caps hopefuls - and for better or for worse, sometimes that's what it takes to get noticed. [BHS]
  • After signing with the organization in July, 2009 draftee and New Jersey native David Kolomatis is bringing his offensive skills to Chocolatetown. [Patriot-News]
  • Interesting stuff from Ted Leonsis on the Caps, the media, and building an active blogosphere - aka the reason why I'm typing this here and you're all reading it. [WaPo]
  • Alex Ovechkin on the cover of a newspaper in Canada... and somehow they managed to refrain from adding in horns and a pitchfork, how nice. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Follow Karl Alzner's journey from BC to DC, which clocked in at just under 34 hours. So y'know, just a nice, relaxing, cross-continent drive. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 47th birthday to Tom Chorske.