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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Bruins Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps head to Beantown, Orpik and Burakovsky impress in their debuts, injury updates and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's battle in Boston from VogsNHL.comCBS SportsAPPeerlessCapitals Outsider, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Stanley Cup of Chowder for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.  
    • It's a great day - and night - for hockey, with all 30 teams in action. Let the binge-watching commence! []
  • Introverted and immensely talented, Nicklas Backstrom makes the team run - and has at least one vote for the Selke trophy. [WaPo]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzBackstromSchmidtRinkside Update/Niskanen), Caps OT (practiceWilson signing autographs)]
    • With Mike Green on the shelf to start the season, Nate Schmidt has been given a chance to stick around in the NHL, and is running with it... [WaPo]
    • ...although that may be coming to an end soon, as Green participated in battle drills yesterday and could be back in the lineup against the Bruins. [CSNW]
    • Veteran blueliner Brooks Orpik is already making his presence felt, throwing his weight around on the ice and off it. [WaPo]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday's home opener:
    • Coach Trotz may not have liked the outcome of Thursday's game, but he was pleased with the Caps' feistiness and willingness to stick up for one another. [WaPo]
    • While their futility in low-scoring games continues into the 2014-15 season, the Caps appear to be a bit more well-equipped to handle such affairs. [NBC4]
    • Photos of opening night at Verizon Center. [Capitals Outsider]
  • Brian MacLellan talks about his revamped blueline, a far cry from the revolving door of youngsters and not-quite-NHLers that filled the ranks last season. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Although Andre Burakovsky follows in the footsteps of Tom Wilson and Connor Carrick as a 19-year-old NHL rookie, the Caps are hoping to avoid some of the mistakes they made with his predecessors.[RMNB]
  • Is Burakovsky the "X-factor" for the Caps? [THW]
  • Talking some more about that Burakovsky lad, Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson's angle and more. [CSNW]
  • In town to help kick off the franchise's 40th season, DC legends Peter Bondra, Craig Laughlin, Rod Langway and Sylvain Cote reflected back on four decades of Caps' hockey. [WaPo]
  • Brush up on all the news and roster updates as Hershey gets set to kick off their season:
    • With a new coaching staff at the helm, the Bears are set to do some work in the trenches this season. [Patriot-News]
    • Meet the forwards... [Patriot-News]
    • ...the defensemen... [Patriot-News]
    • ...and the goalies... [Patriot-News]
    • ...and catch up on the arrivals, departures and veterans. [Patriot-News]
  • Jason Chimera and Joel Ward talk about how their love and trust for one another have grown over time, and make us long for a "Chimmer and Wardo" reality show. [CSNW (video)]
  • Congrats, Jeff Schultz - you're officially a part of the greatest trophy in all of sports. [LA Kings Insider]
  • Capitals Outsider's Andy Wallace has undertaken a labor of head-nodding love... babbling about bobbleheads. [Puck Daddy]
  • An asteroid named after Ovechkin would, we imagine, pack quite a punch if it ever collided with a planet. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 40th birthday to Jason Arnott, and happy 48th to Shawn Chambers.