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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Preseason game number five is on tap at Centre Bell, the top forward lines are very much a work in progress, motivated Kuznetsov is motivated and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Preview of tonight's hootenanny with the Habs from Vogs, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Eyes on the Prize for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • The game roster will be announced today but in the meantime, here's the travel roster. [@alex_prewitt]
  • Training camp news and notes:
    • The second-line center battle rages on (and on and on), plus other observations from Coach Trotz.  [WaPo, CSNW]
    • Evgeny Kuznetzov already has a trophy case full of impressive international hardware, but there's plenty of room for a certain North American trophy. Also, try not to use too much slang when you're speaking with him, at least not yet. [CSNW]
    • Michael Latta and Mike Green each took a "maintenance day" for unspecified UBIs. Oh, goody. [Rotoworld]
    • Undrafted free agent invite Liam O'Brien got First Star O' the Game on Friday and earned a ticket to Montreal for Sunday. [WaPo]
    • Don't mess with Texas, and that goes double for you, football. [WaPo]
  • As the Caps begin to whittle down their roster, here's a Hershey update:
    • Pheonix Copley is the Bears' number-one tendy while Philipp Grubauer remains in Washington and with both Edward Pasquale and Brandon Anderson nursing injuries. He will start their first preseason game at Lehigh on Wednesday. [Patriot-News]
    • Also headed to Chocolatetown: Tim Kennedy, John Landry, Caleb Herbert, Mike Moore and Stanislav Galiev.  Bears camp opens tomorrow. [Patriot-News, and again]
  • ... and here you were thinking that a faceoff is just a faceoff, and entirely the responsibility of the centerman. [Rink]
  • Go for the sensible assessment of the Caps' offseason, stay for the picture that illustrates the Bruins entry. [Howlin' Hockey]
  • Crystal ballin' Karl Alzner. [Peerless]
  • "I felt the camp went well. I did some good things out on the ice," Bowey said. "I thought I could have had a better rookie game but that being said, I learned a lot and grew more as a player, on and off the ice." Madison Bowey returns to the Rockets. [Kelowna Now]
  • Finally, happy 32nd birthday to Dustin Penner and happy 61st birthday to Doug Gibson.