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Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Oilers Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps kick off their road trip with a visit to Edmonton, Wilson heads to Chocolatetown and more.

Derek Leung

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's duel with the Oilers from VogsNHL.comAP and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at The Copper & Blue for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • Three straight Western Conference games? Start resetting that internal clock now, kids! [Rink]
    • A number of Caps will be making a return home on this road trip, starting with Edmonton's native son Jason Chimera. [Capitals VoiceEdmonton Sun]
    • With a long road trip ahead of them, the Caps are eager for a little extra team-bonding away from the DC area. [WashTimes, CSNW]
  • Things look pretty bleak for the Oilers right now... but just how historically bleak are they? Well, let's just say long-time Caps fans laugh at their "misery". [Grantland (DGB)]
  • News and notes from the Caps' practice in Edmonton:
  • Brooks Laich is injured and pissed off about it. [106.7WaPo]
  • Improved penalty-killing, better goaltending and an all-around gameplan that seems to be working (so far) has the Caps off to a red-hot start. [Along the BoardsFourth Period]
  • It certainly also helps that Barry Trotz and Ovechkin are on the same page. [Edmonton SunEdmonton Journal]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has had to adjust to a reduction in ice time and a fourth-line role, but is doing so in stride as he gets more familiar with the center position... [WaPo]
  • ...even if not everyone agrees with his usage. [RMNB]
  • Get to know new defensemen Brooks Orpik a bit better, including where his name came from, his first NHL viewing experience and his *sigh* baseball preferences. [CSNW]
  • Former Caps' goaltender Clint Malarchuk opens up about his battle with mental illness in a new book. [National PostBrandon Sun]
  • The upcoming Winter Classic is just one of many reasons why Washington, DC is the top travel city for 2015. Woo! [Yahoo! Travel]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to Terry Yake, and happy 34th to Matt Pettinger.