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Thursday Caps Clips: Blanked in Beantown

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The "away squad" gets whitewashed at TD Garden, training camp takes a day off to prepare for the push to the season, plus more Winter Classic ephemera.

... and there you have it.  Brooks Orpik in Capitals road white.
... and there you have it. Brooks Orpik in Capitals road white.
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday's shutout loss from Vogs, Monumental video (TrotzOrpik, Carrick, Holtby),, WaPo and Inside Hockey (pics). Plus some Boston-centric commentary from, and NESN (with gif of Jeremy Smith's crazy-good glove save on Andre Burakovsky).
  • The Battle for Second Line Center has been joined... [WaPo]
    • ... and winning faceoffs is key. We're looking at you, Marcus Johansson... [WaPo]
    • ... whose fancystats aren't optimal but have perhaps shown encouraging improvement. [BLY]
  • Training camp notes:
    • Jay Beagle states he is 100% after sustaining an undisclosed UBI, but will continue to rest it out, for now. [CSNW]
    • Chris Brown is eyeing the Caps' depth chart at right wing... [CSNW]
    • ... and no, he didn't make this list. [Rink]
    • Defenseman Mike Moore is similarly checking out the Caps' defense depth chart. He's a Princeton man, y'know. [The Trentonian]
    • "If you can establish a gap against him, before he really winds up and gets going, that’s key." Brooks Orpik reflects on a decade of trying to stop Alex Ovechkin. [WaPo]
    • Andre Burakovsky has had a pretty successful camp. Just ask him. []
    • The first roster cuts should be announced soon - Hershey's training camp starts Monday. [Patriot-News]
  • Winter Classic notes:
    • Hockey's most fabulous fans provide their take on the new unis... [Puck Buddys]
    • ... and Assistant GM Don Fishman offers his insight on the threads and the event. [Capitals Voice]
    • Gear me. [RMNB]
    • Take a gander at the seats at Nats Park and the prices you won't be paying to sit in them. [RMNB]
    • Speaking of which, Uncle Ted talks Classical economics. [WBJ (video)]
  • Goalie notes:
    • The takeaway from all the shiny charts and tables - goalies are confidence men. [Progressive Hockey]
    • So it's prob'ly pretty good that Philipp Grubauer hasn't had his shaken. [WaPo]
    • And about that new NHL trapezoid rule. [Dump 'n' Chase]
  • Prospect notes:
    • The team has skilled players at all competition levels this upcoming season. [Hockey's Future]
    • Congrats are in order for Riley Barber , who was named to the NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team. [NCHC Hockey]
  • Finally, happy 37th birthday to Alexandre Volchkov.