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Friday Caps Clips: Bruins @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's preseason rematch against the big, bad Bruins, the first week of training camp comes to a close and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Deciding who gets the coveted third-line spot between Joel Ward and Jason Chimera, the Caps' best options for penalty-killing defensemen and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink]
  • Preview of tonight's preseason rematch with the big, bad Bruins from Vogs (and more on the B's in your Morning Drive), and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Stanley Cup of Chowder for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Training camp news and notes:
    • The second-line center battle rages on... [PHT]
    • does the battle for the last few blueline spots, and new assistant coach Todd Reirden is pulling for his old teammate John Erskine. [WaPo]
    • Three preseason games in, and faceoffs are a concern for the team and for Barry Trotz. [WaPo]
    • That said, after a week of camp and preseason games, the Caps and Trotz appear to be getting on the same page. []
  • It looks like the World Cup of Hockey is likely making a return next fall, but could that lead to a showdown between the NHL and the KHL? [Puck Daddy]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday's loss in Beantown, where Andre Burakovsky stood out as a bright spot. [CSNW]
  • Season previews:
    • Joel Ward. [Peerless]
    • A look at how the 2014-15 Caps are shaping up under the new Barry Trotz regime. [NESN]
    • Our own Rob Parker sits in with the good folks over at The Cannon for a chat about the upcoming season for the Caps. [The Cannon]
    • Scoping out the division. And if "Ovechkin can't figure it out under Trotz, who is one of the more respected coaches in the game, he might be doomed". DOOMED. [Puck Drunk Love]
  • Ward is a big fan of his new-old coach, both in terms of his coaching techniques and his qualities as a person. [CSNW]
  • Still crafting your fantasy hockey roster? Some helpful, Caps-related tips: 
    • Fly under the radar and select Evgeny Kuznetsov as a potential sleeper pick. [CBSSports]
    • Might also want to take a look at John Carlson, who is poised to finally break out. [Puck Daddy]
    • But perhaps steer clear of Braden Holtby, whose history of blow ups apparently makes him a risky pick. [XN Sports]
  • More on the Caps' new Winter Classic jerseys. [Hockey by Design]
  • Finally, happy 34th birthday to Brooks Orpik.