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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's preseason home opener against the Cup champs, Caps alumni skate to a (what else?) shootout, and more.

Alex Ovechkin makes Duncan Keith look like a a FOOL.
Alex Ovechkin makes Duncan Keith look like a a FOOL.
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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Preview of tonight's preseason home opener against Chicago from Vogs and the 'Hawks, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Second City Hockey for the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Our take on potential roster dark horses and Adam Oates's mad scientist ways in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. Keep those questions coming - you ask, we answer. [Rink]
  • News and notes from out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesBrouwerLaichRinkside Update/Neuvirth)]
    • For the first time since camp opened last week, the Caps had a full complement of players on the ice as Mikhail Grabovski and Brooks Laich joined their teammates at last... [Caps OT (pic), WaPo]
    • ...each of whom has something to prove this season. [WaPoCSNW]
    • The Caps made some cuts yesterday, sending seven players to Hershey including Stanislav Galiev and David Kolomatis. [Patriot-News]
    • Troy Brouwer has been given a larger role with the Caps under Adam Oates, and is enjoying every minute of it. []
  • Picks and predictions for the Eastern Conference this season. [THW]
  • Previewing the 2013-14 season for the Caps, with a focus on the blue line. [DSP]
  • There's a ton of youth in the NHL, and plenty on its way - so how do the 30 teams stack up when it comes to their core of young players? [ESPN ($)]
  • In theory, that whole hybrid icing thing seems like an excellent way to cut back on horrible, horrifying injuries... but so far it's not winning over the players. [CSNWPHT]
  • ESPN continues to make us laugh rank various people in the NHL. Next up? Coaches... [ESPN]
  • ...which segues nicely into the 8 most ridiculous things about those aforementioned ESPN rankings. [Puck Daddy]
  • Some familiar - albeit just slightly, wiser-looking - faces were out at Kettler last night, as the team's alumni gathered for a little hockey and a lot of charity:
    • The former Caps are getting a firsthand look at - and playing a big part in - the growth of DC as a legitimate hockey town. [WaPo]
    • Lineups were filled with former stars and fan favorites from the last four decades of Caps' hockey, and headlined by pretty much the entire current coaching staff. [WaPoCSNW]
    • One guy who won't be lacing 'em up any time soon is Chris Cooley, who tested out the ice during warmups and looked... well, less than comfortable. Maybe stick to cleats, Cooley. [Monumental video]
    • Pictures galore. [Caps OT (Oates & WittwarmupsOlie Kolziggame action), RMNB]
  • Alert: the Caps will rock their white third jersey 16 times this season. [Caps]
  • It's practically impossible to be any sort of name in this town and not be asked about RGIII these days. As a fellow athlete who has also worn a knee brace, though, at least Laich has some credibility. [Bog]
  • Believe it or not, Evgeny Kuznetsov really does want to play in the NHL - at least according to his KHL coach. [Alex OvetjkinRMNB]
  • A number of Caps made long journeys from their home to their second home here in DC, including Jay Beagle's 2300 mile trek from Calgary. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Caps' trip to Charm City for Tuesday's Baltimore Hockey Classic. [Monumental video]
  • If you were curious about the rules regarding junior players and the NHL hierarchy, peruse this overview of Connor Carrick's potential landing spots. [RMNB]
  • Braden Holtby weighs in on Adam Oates...although you won't be able to focus on what he said because you'll be staring at Holtby's flowing locks. [Bog]
  • That major announcement coming to a Caps' Convention near you tomorrow might just be - spoiler alert! - that the Caps are going to host an outdoor game. Stay tuned... [@skykersteinPHTCBS Sports]
  • Which current NHL players would you consider to be at the top of their game? [THW]
  • Finally, happy 63rd birthday to Bill Riley.