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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recap roundup of WSH-BUF, a slew of preseason projections and prognostications, Hershey gets off to a good start and more.

“When the game was getting out of hand, he was trying to change the game there,” Trotz said. “Got a lot of respect there.”
“When the game was getting out of hand, he was trying to change the game there,” Trotz said. “Got a lot of respect there.”
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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from Vogs, NHL.com, CSNW, Mark's Musings, and from Shuffalo, Die by the Blade.
  • Previews of tonight's fling with Philly from Vogs.
  • End-of-Training-Camp notes:
    • Eric Fehr cracks the top line, probably. This news is so big, some of the #fancystats crew are even thinking about watching a game. [WaPo, RMNB, Capitals Voice and previously, Rink]
    • As Fehr slides up, Marcus Johansson slides over to wing and down the lines. [NBC4, WaPo]
    • Alex Ovechkin could see his power play time trimmed. Wait, what? [Dump 'n' Chase, theScore, PHT]
    • On the rise: Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov. [PHT]
    • The first rule of Preseason Fight Club is that it's pretty much expected. Drop 'em, boys. [WaPo]
  • Getting-Ready-For-The-Season notes:
    • Well, everyone sez the new NHL15 is a terrible game, anyway... [EA Sports]
    • ... except for the Caps' kiddies who now offer on-demand virtual beatdowns. [RMNB]
    • The number-one Burning Question for the Caps this year is... go on, guess. [NHL.com]
    • This year's Hot Seat is reserved for Matt Niskanen?  Alrighty then. [NHL.com]
    • In a season of change, Ovi remains the constant. [USA Today]
    • After finishing out of the playoffs last year, here's how the Caps could make it back in. [NHL.com]
    • Rookies to watch. [USA Today]
    • Crystal ballin' Jack Hillen . [Peerless]
  • Some real talk from Nicklas Backstrom. [Hockeyramblings]
  • Hershey notes:
    • Ron Hextall's kid christened the PPL Center by scoring first on the Bears last night, but Troy Mann's squad mustered a 3-1 preseason victory in the Phantoms' beautiful new barn. [Patriot-News]
    • Stan Galiev scored a goal.  And by "scored a goal" we mean "bent time and space." [@Kundrc84, Station NationPuck Daddy]
    • Pheonix Copley is practically a Grand-Child of the Korn, and his stock is on the rise at Chocolatetown. [Patriot-News]
  • Fun-With-Google-Translate notes:
    • "When [Jakub] Vrana picked up there were few who hung out with and after a couple of squiggly drawings he served kedjepolaren Jacob Micflikier until 2-0. Approximately eleven minutes later slapped Vrána also collected 4-0 after clean show the number of county inhabitants." Linkoping is happy to get their sniper back for the season. [Folkbladet (via GoogleTrans)]
  • Finally, George McPhee is rested and ready to be back in the game. Or take calls from the Gr8, whichever. [ESPN, RMNB]