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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Devils Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It's go time.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • It's game day at last! Previews of tonight's season opener against the Devils from VogsCaps (game notes) NHL.comAP, and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at In Lou W-, er, All About the Jersey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • Good news on the injury front, as it appears as if Brooks Orpik will be ready to go for tonight's game. [WaPo ,CSNMA]
    • Orpik and Matt Niskanen are familiar with the new boss in charge of shaping the Devils - and they're expecting them to look a little different under Ray Shero's watchful eye. [CSNMA]
    • Just when you thought it was gone...the SkyCam is back. [CSNMA]
  • Like last year, Brian MacLellan made a plan for free agency heading into the offseason - and like last year, he delivered, big time. [WaPo]
  • T.J. Oshie is no stranger to the pain the Caps - and their fans - have felt over the years. Let the healing begin. [WaPoCBS DC]
  • On a team with plenty of Ferraris, Sean Collins was able to crack the roster by being a pickup truck. Um... we'll assume that's meant as a compliment. [WaPo]
  • This new three-on-three overtime format is thrilling fans already, but for players like Matt Niskanen, it wasn't necessarily an instant hit. [AP]
  • On the awesomeness of Braden Holtby. [RMNB]
  • They may not be going Green anymore, but the Caps have a renewable energy source in Nate Schmidt and his sunny, swing-dancing disposition. [WaPo]
    • See the world through Schmidt's eyes and find out what it's like to have more energy than a toddler with a coffee addiction. [Monumental video]
  • Our weekly round-up of the rankings of power from across the hockey world. [Rink]
  • Chatting with coach and team after yesterday's practice. [Monumental video (TrotzHoltbyOrpikRinkside Update/Schmidt)]
  • Graham Bensinger's one-on-one interview with Alex Ovechkin airs this weekend, and reveals elements of the captain's past and present. [RinkFOX Sports]
  • One final round of previews before the points start to matter:
    • Taking a closer look at the versatile bottom-six forwards. [Dump 'n Chase]
    • Previewing the season ahead for the Caps... [WUSA9Fox5 DC (video)]
    • ...the divisions... [Peerless]
    • ...the Conference... [CSNMA]
    • ...and some shiny trophies to be handed out in June. [Peerless]
    • What will the season have in store for some of Russia's biggest stars? [RBTN]
    • Is this year Stanley Cup or bust? [Pressbox DC]
  • The new guy is doing good things with youth hockey in the area. [Caps Outsider]
  • Meanwhile the Caps are doing good things to support military families by teaming up with Defending the Blue Line. [Caps]
  • The Caps aren't the only ones kicking off their season tonight, as the Bears get ready to open their 2015-16 slate against the Springfield Falcons. [Patriot-NewsYork Daily Record]
  • When T.J. Oshie met T.J. Yoshie... and didn't run screaming for the hills, because he's a mensch (and also probably wasn't allowed to run). [RMNB]
  • We'll give the final word to these goobers, and let them tell you how they're feeling about the start of the season: