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Thursday Caps Clips: Devils @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Devils are in town, the lines are changing, Ovi is still coachable and also totally BFF with Brad Pitt.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's dance with the dam dirty Devils from Vogs, NHL.com, Peerless, Caps Outsider and Stars&Sticks and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at In Lou We Trust for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Capitals Report, Trotz, Backstrom, Fehr)]
    • If you had "New Jersey" in your office pool for "which game will feature the season's first line changes", you chose wisely. [WaPo, CSNW (and again), THW, NHL.com]
    • Brooks Laich has found his legs again. Prob'ly in the last place he looked. [Talk the Red]
    • "There’s going to be a lot of pucks dropped [at practice] over the next 190 days. That’s why we keep extra pucks on the bench. It’s tough for us coaches to bend down and pick up a thousands pucks a day." [CSNW]
    • No goalie ever wants to be pulled from a game, but Braden Holtby understands why it happened on Tuesday. [WaPo]
    • A newly-aggressive defensive scheme hinges on better play-reading by the men on the ice. [WaPo]
    • Nate Schmidt is happy to be here, but mainly he's just happy. [NBC4]
  • Alex Ovechkin's newly discovered "coachability" has sent shockwaves through the hockey commentariat. After all, everyone knows that this is entirely unpossible... [PHT, theScore, Fansided]
  • ... so fortunately we learn that he continues to "march to the beat of his own drum". Oh and hey he won't talk about that charter plane idling on the tarmac to carry him back to Dynamo. Order in the universe has been restored. [SunMedia]
  • Wherever the Gr8 chooses to lace up his skates, he does so... explosively. His DriveTrain/60 is almost literally off the chart. No, really. Go look at the chart. [Power Scout Hockey]
  • Back to the basics for the Caps. [TFP]
  • Taking the team's temperature,  three games in. [What the Puck (podcast)]
  • Don't miss this terrific interview with Olie Kolzig. [One Puck Short]
  • Or this one with Coach Trotz. [Marek vs. Wyshynski (podcast)]
  • Back in Chocolatetown, Disney on Ice is currently occupying the Giant Center. So the Bears went across the parking lot to historic Hersheypark Arena for practice. Until the fog rolled in. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, stop me if you've heard this one before: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Brad Pitt walk into the Newseum... [Monumental (pix), CSNW, RMNB]