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Monday Caps Clips: Wagons West

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps wrap up their homestand, kiss all the new babies goodbye, and head West to the Canadian prairies for a three-game roadie.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Week That Was, Volume One. [Peerless, Stars & Sticks (and prior), Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps Fans]
    • Who was hot, who was not. [S&S]
    • Stay tuned for the season's first Capital Ups and Downs, premiering later this morning.
  • The team had its final practice at Kettler before departing for Calgary:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Alzner, Rinkside Update/Beagle)]
    • Everyone present and accounted for. [@ikhurshudyan]
    • With back-to-back games at Vancouver and Edmonton, it might well be time for Philipp Grubauer to get a start in net. [CSNMA]
    • Andre Burakovsky may have a new role on the team: Swingman. [WaPo]
    • Power play scoring chances; T.J. Oshie haz 'em. [WaPo]
    • Now that the Big Cheese has moved on, someone has had to step up to take control of the opposing goaltender's line-of-sight. And that someone is Marcus Johansson.  [RMNB]
  • A few leftovers from #CapsCanes:
    • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
    • Rink Rank! [Rink]
    • 'Twas a special night for the special teams. [CSNMA]
    • Our SB Nation brethren take a look at their team's back-to-back series. [Canes Country]
    • Four takeaways. [S&S]
    • Bentsten Schone and his family were the guests of honor at the game. [Monumental video, RMNB]
  • Remembering Braden Holtby when he was just a baby Beast. [NVC]
  • If you're thinking of signing with Winnipeg, beware. It can change a man. [RMNB]
  • The Hershey Bears wrapped up their roadie at Portland with a 5-2 loss, leaving them 1-2 on the season... [@TheHersheyBears]
  • ... and the South Carolina Stingrays split their weekend with the Reading Royals, absorbing a 6-0 loss on Sunday. [@RRoyalsHockey]
  • Finally, happy 32nd birthday to Boyd Gordon.
  • One more: Legendary Hershey Bears beat writer Tim Leone announced that he and the Harrisburg Patriot-News/Penn Live have parted ways. He tells us he'll still be around on Twitter, and it is unclear at this time what plans the Patriot-News has for continuing Hershey coverage. This Clips editor is quite distraught at this news - Hershey Bears hockey and Tim Leone's writing are nearly synonymous and his work preserved the history of this storied franchise. We wish him the very best of everything and hope we will be able to read his writing - somewhere, anywhere, soon. He leaves us with this: