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Tuesday Caps Clips: Flames @ Capitals Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of Caps/Flames, leftovers from Sunday night's loss, leadership and other intangibles and more.

Bruce Bennett

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Eleven games into the season, the Caps are close to putting it all together and being a very good hockey team... or are they? [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's fanning of the Flames (yeah, I don't know) from Vogs, Caps Today, NHL.com, Peerless and Caps Outsider, and be sure to check out our SB Nation friends over at Matchsticks and Gasoline for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Leftovers from Sunday night's yack-up to the 'Yotes:
    • Following the loss, the Caps kept the media waiting while they held a closed-door meeting, marking the first time in a while that they were able to shut anyone out. [WaPo, CSNW, NBC4]
    • It's not all on the goalies... [CSNW]
    • ... but it's not not on the goalies, either. [Rink]
    • wilson [WaPo, CSNW]
  • Four-game losing streaks with this many pucks filling up the net is something with which most of these guys (from the coach on down) are unfamiliar with. [WaPo]
  • Big picture: it's really not that bad. Heck, it might even be surprisingly good. [NHL.com]
  • In fact, it is good. [RMNB]
  • But after performing rankly and weakly, where are the Caps in the weekly rankings? [WaPo, ESPN, The Score, THN, DSP]
  • Looking back and ahead. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Matt Niskanen is an artist and stick-on-puck defense is his medium. [NBC4]
  • Meanwhile, Mike Green is pretty good at hockey. [CBS Sports]
  • Philipp Grubauer had a solid weekend between the pipes. [Patriot-News]
  • Former Bears goalie David Leggio was facing a 2-0 breakaway. You won't believe what happened next! [Patriot-News, RMNB]
  • Good players, terrible (fake) mustaches, in this latest edition of Bar Down's nightmare fuel. [TSN]
  • Help make RMNB last. (Because, as you know, if you ain't first, you're last. Zing! But go give them your money or something.) [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 36th birthday to Rick Berry.