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Monday Caps Clips: A Four-Point Weekend

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps gain a critical four points on the weekend, with Columbus, New Jersey, and St. Louis on tap in the week ahead.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Week That Was, Volume Five. [Peerless, RMNB, ILWT (with the Metro lowdown)]
  • By the numbers: Nate Schmidt is awesome, the penalty kill isn't, and the corgis are better with a healthy Brooks Laich. [BrooksLaichyear]
  • Leftovers from a four-point weekend:
  • Strength, skill, scouting, and sometimes sorcery. There's more than one way to win a faceoff, and the Caps' centermen try all of them. [WaPo]
  • Report card for the team's play in the third period of most games: Needs Improvement. [CSNW]
  • Eric Fehr brings all he can to the game, in between healthy scratches. [WaPo, RMNB]
  • In which Brooks Orpik is presented as a case study for hockey analytics, and not terribly favorably. [CBSSports]
  • THW lists 30 surprises in 30 days of the still-young NHL season, and Liam O'Brien and Andre Burakovsky are two of them. A third surprise was Alex Ovechkin's five-game points drought, but whatever. [THW]
  • Speaking of Ovechkin, the shot he fired in overtime against Carolina that rebounded to Nick Backstrom and became Ovi's 400th NHL assist was also recorded as his 3,500th NHL shot-on-goal. Kudos, captain. [@ArtificialHats]
  • Down in Hershey, the Bears closed out their weekend with a 3-2 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack.  Nathan Walker scored his first goal of the season. [Patriot-News, and again]
  • Caps' prospect d-man Madison Bowey will be donning the alternate captain's "A" for tonight's Subway Super Series game - Team WHL vs. Team Russia in Saskatoon. [Kelowna Rockets (video)]
  • Checking in on the bottom half of the first round of the 2014 NHL draft class - Jakub Vrana has already doubled his points and goals from his draft year, in twelve games played. [HB]
  • Finally, off-ice Carlzner: John Carlson and Karl Alzner have been busy with non-hockey activities, including cutting more radio ads and tending bar (along with Troy Brouwer) for charity. [Caps Outsider, RMNB]