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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of the final game of the homestand, the top line starts to click, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Metro Division battle against the Hurricanes from VogsNHL.comPeerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at 'Canes Country for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • The top line of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie is starting to find some nice chemistry... [WaPoRMNB]
  • ...so where does that leave Nicklas Backstrom when he makes his return? [Stars and SticksCSNMA]
  • Some leftovers from Thursday night's win over the Blackhawks:
    • In general. [Dump 'n ChaseCSNMA]
    • Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Weigh in with your thoughts - and votes - on some of the individual efforts against Chicago. [Rink]
    • Too many hits can be a bad thing, but the perfectly-timed, perfectly-placed, and perfectly legal hit can still help a team - and Tom Wilson proved that Thursday night. [Rink]
      • Check out his sit-down with NBC4's Carol Maloney to talk nicknames, expectations for the season and more. [NBC4 (video)]
  • As one of the last guys cut from camp this year, Chandler Stephenson knew he had what it took to play in the NHL - and he got that chance against the 'Hawks. [WashTimesCSNMA]
  • Braden Holtby's stellar play helped carry the Caps to Game 7 of the second round this past spring; as the season gets underway, he's picked up where he left off. [WaPo]
  • The first Super 16 rankings are in, and (spoiler!) the Caps made the cut. [NHL.com]
  • Check out where other media outlets have the Caps pegged after the season's first week. [Rink]
  • John Walton, the radio voice of the Caps, has high expectations for this year's squad. [PressboxDC]
  • This early homestand is a chance for the Caps to find their footing and pile up some points before hitting the road. [PressboxDC]
  • The always-great Steve Dangle puts his spin on the Alex Ovechkin Alarm Clock Fiasco of 2015. [Sportsnet (video)]
  • Finally, happy 31st birthday to Sami Lepisto.