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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing tonight's tilt with the Preds, delving into yesterday's media luncheon at Kettler and more.

Frederick Breedon

Your savory breakfast links:

  • A preview of tonight's game against the Predators from Vogs, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at On the Forecheck for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Tom Wilson and Connor Carrick have been teenage standouts so far at training camp, and appear to be ready for the next step... whatever that may be. [Rink]
  • Here's Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Caps and Caps' brass met with local reporters yesterday at the team's annual media luncheon:
    • Chatting on the record. [Monumental video (LeonsisMcPheeOatesCarlsonWilsonChimeraRechliczErskineLaichWardGrabovski)]
    • After a forgettable season (understatement alert), Jason Chimera is feeling youthful and ready to move forward. [WashTimes]
    • Another year, another chance to get out of the first or second round of the playoffs - and Alex Ovechkin has his eye on the silver chalice. Make it happen, captain. [APPHT]
    • Still no word on whether Ovechkin will be headed over to light the torch, by the way. It's okay, no rush; I hear last minute tickets to Greece are pretty cheap. [CSNW]
    • Heading into the last year of his entry level deal, Dmitry Orlov is running out of time to show the Caps that he can play an all-around game. [WaPo]
    • With less than a week remaining and a handful of extra bodies still in camp, what could the opening night roster look like for the Caps? [Frankovic]
  • Remember two days ago when Brooks Laich was "100%"? Yeah, about that... [WaPoCSNW]
  • Jack Edwards refers to the Caps as the "lowercases" (har har) and then provides great play-by-play for the Milan Lucic Joel Rechlicz long as you aren't watching it. [Puck DaddyBog]
  • Will the NHL and Ted Leonsis actually put the 2015 Winter Classic in Washington? [William World News]
  • Just a brief mention of the Caps in this week's 30 Thoughts, but it's always worth a read regardless. [CBC]
  • Hybrid icing continues to draw mixed reviews from the players, who need to make up their mind soon. Like maybe before the season starts on Tuesday. [WaPo]
  • Pressure pushing down on me, pressing down on you... and George McPhee. [PHT]
  • Hockey Prospectus projects the top goal scorers for 2013-14... [ESPN ($)]
  • ...and a couple of Caps check in on a list of the top 25 players under 25 in the NHL. [ESPN ($)]
  • Meanwhile the worldwide leader in sports that aren't hockey previews the Caps' 2013-14 season, and the experts seem to have no idea where the Caps will end up. Join the club, fellas. [ESPN]
  • If you're in a fantasy hockey league and have a late-round pick to burn, you could do worse than to select Mathieu Perreault. [THN]
  • News from Chocolatetown:
    • Day 1 of training camp and Coach Haviland is already skating his boys hard as a new chapter begins in Hershey. [Patriot-NewsLD NewsSHOE]
    • The newest Hershey Bear, Nathan Walker, may not get a shot at the NHL this year, but he's still got his sights set on becoming the first Australian to make it someday. [Hershey BearsPatriot-News]
    • There's plenty of buzz around the 2015 Winter Classic, but no word yet on whether the Bears will have some role in the festivities. [Patriot-News]
    • Former Hershey Bear Graham Mink is playing hockey over in Austria, but the 34-year-old is hoping to get back to the AHL soon. [THW]
  • Get those hashtags ready, kids, Braden Holtby is taking over the Caps' Twitter account from 12-1 pm today. Bonus points to anyone who tweets this gif at him. [Capitals Overtime]
  • Alex Ovechkin talks about his proposing and discusses pregnant dogs before eating ice cream with hockey sticks because Russian late-night TV is the best. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Miss the Caps Convention, or simply want to relive some of the wonder? Monumental Network's got you covered. [Monumental video (Mike Green Cooking ChallengeOlympic panelCRL host announcementTed's (Give &) Takethe Evolution of Hockey)]
  • CapsCon also played host to a new line of clothing from Alex Ovechkin and Nike, which thankfully is a step up from the new Team Canada jerseys. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 36th birthday to Alexandre Volchkov.