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Thursday Caps Clips: Net Presence

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Net presence and the need to limit goals against fuel practice, the PDO has got to turn around any time now, the team takes a trip to the zoo and more.

Jonathan Daniel

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Our own J.P chatted with Puck Daddy about, well, the Caps and their bumpy beginning. [Marek vs. Wyshynski (audio)]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Laich, Caps Report, Rinkside Update/Johansson)]
    • All the Caps' numbers are improved this year - except for the ones that ultimately matter the most. [WaPo]
    • A can of spray paint and battle drills were meant to help the team achieve some much-needed net presence. [CSNW]
    • Fewer shots but more goals is, um, not good. [CSNW]
    • Nobody knows this better than Braden Holtby. He's working on it, honest. [WaPo]
    • Put him in coach, Brooks Laich is ready to play... but where? [CSNW, WaPo]
  • Assessments:
  • After a fast start to his rookie season, Andre Burakovsky has hit a bit of a rough patch... but that's all just part of the process. [NBC4]
  • The renaissance of Mike Green. [Rock the Red]
  • Alex Ovechkin is a shooting star... [Capital News Service]
  • ... and the records Peter Bondra still owns. For now. [Caps Outsider]
  • It didn't end the way we wanted it to, but Caps/Flames and Ovi's 826th point sure were photogenic. [Rink]
  • Early season surprises and disappointments. [ESPN]
  • Lions and elephants and weagles, oh my! [Caps Outsider, RMNB]
  • Olie Kolzig paid a visit to the South Carolina Stingrays. [Stingrays Hockey (video)]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks unveiled their Winter Classic jerseys. Patrick Sharp was scheduled to be the celebrity spokesmodel for the event, but could not attend on account of the LBI that is likely to keep him off the ice "for at least a month." [Second City Hockey]
  • Congrats to former Cap Brendan Witt, on the occasion of his induction to the Humboldt (Saskatchewan) Sports Hall of Fame. [Humboldt Journal]
  • Finally, happy 36th birthday to Keith Aucoin, happy 57th to Rollie Boutin and Nelson Burton and happy 56th to Paul MacKinnon.