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Friday Caps Clips: Trick or Treat!

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Worrying (or not worrying) about Ovi's slump, Caps in costumes and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • News and notes as the Caps get back to work:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzRinkside Update/O'Brien)
    • Poorly-timed penalties are making the Caps' bench boss a little cranky. [CSNW]
    • He's not worried about that little scoring drought his captain is going through, though - because all it takes is one goal. [WaPo]
    • He also knows (or at least we all know) that the underlying numbers look good, so that slump is bound to turn around eventually. [TSN]
    • The name of the game at Thursday's practice: tighten up things that need tightening, while keeping things loose. [WaPo]
    • Eric Fehr had a pretty good view of Wednesday's loss from the press box, but after a one-game hiatus as a healthy scratch, he's back on the third line. [CSNW]
  • Looking back at the first month of the season for the Caps - the good, the bad and the ugly. [THW
  • Examining the true value of Brooks Orpik, and not just in terms of a dollar figure. [RtR]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday's loss to the Red Wings. [CSNW, Yahoo]
    • Check out Clyde's always awesome shots from the game. [Rink]
    • The whole hockey world is talking about that horrible, awful "goaltender interference" call that negated a Detroit goal. [Puck Daddy, TSN (video)
    • The result of the game wasn't so great, but for 11-year-old Ryan Darby, it was nothing short of a dream come true. [CSNW]
    • Turnovers can kill a team, and they did just that against the Wings. [RMNB]
    • Poor Jason Chimera. And his former nose. [WaPo, Deadspin]
  • If the NHL wants to cut back on shootouts (or eliminate them completely), the solution is playing out in another league close to home. [SBNation]
  • Checking in with the kids:
    • After being called up earlier this week, defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer is looking to follow in the footsteps of some other ECHL (and NHL) alums in climbing the ladder. [Patriot-News]
    • Chris Brown's return to Hershey has the Bears in a rare position of having too much depth, so they've sent Caleb Herbert to South Carolina to make room. [Patriot-News]
    • The season is still young, but the Stingrays are struggling to find the back of the net. [Post and Courier]
  • Calling dinner "supper" and supper "dinner"...yeah, it's all a little too confusing. But at least Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough know what they're talking about, and that's all that matters. [106.7 the Fan]
  • It's Halloween, and you know what that means... hockey players in costumes!! [@tom_wilso (Wilson, Latta, O'Brien and Ward), Fanshot (Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Orlov), Fanshot (Laich and girlfriend Julianne Hough), BarDown]
  • Want to feel really sorry for NHL goaltenders? Watch Ovechkin take slapshot after slapshot on an infinite loop... and then imagine having to stand in front of one of those things. [Vine (Alex Prewitt)]
  • Ovechkin joins some pretty elite company in the newest Beats by Dre commercial, where he rocks out - and works out - alongside such stars as LeBron James and Serena Williams. [WaPo]
  • Former Cap Bobby Carpenter's son Robert is starting to make a name for himself as a defenseman with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. [USA Hockey]
  • Finally, happy 42nd birthday to Mel Angelstad, happy 59th to Claude Noel and happy 31st to Steve Eminger.