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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Bruins Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's penultimate preseason game, Backstrom updates and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The big, beautiful SB Nation NHL preview is up and it's... well, big and beautiful. Be sure to check out the whole thing here, take a gander at the Caps' section here, and read our answers to three questions facing the Caps here
    • More previews, predictions and prophecies about what the 2015-16 season could hold for the Caps. []
  • Judging the best team ever, T.J. Oshie and his shootout skillz, the reputation of GMGM vs. GMBM and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink]
  • There continues to be no definitive timeline on Nicklas Backstrom's return, but it sounds like he'll miss at least the first four games of the season. [NHL.comThe ScoreNBC SportsWaPo]
  • So who replaces him? [Stars and Sticks]
  • Hockey experts still don't realize just how good Braden Holtby is. [RMNB]
  • A lot of media-type folks think the Caps have a pretty good chance this year... but what is the expectation, and the threshold for disappointment, among the fans? [WaPo]
  • While the three-on-three overtime should determine plenty of games, the shootout will still happen; here's why, for teams like the Caps, that may not be a bad thing. [TSN]
  • That fancy new third jersey the Caps are sporting will be on display in 15 home games this year. [Caps]
  • Sean Collins knows he wasn't expected to compete for a spot on the opening-night roster, but now that he is, he's enjoying the ride. [CSNMA]
  • The guy he's competing against, Derek Roy, has plenty of support among the team's veterans. [CSNMA]
  • Leftovers from Wednesday's shootout loss in Raleigh. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Former Cap Troy Brouwer talks about the trade that sent him to St. Louis and settling into a new city. [WaPo]
  • Breaking down the October slate of game. [StarsandSticks]
  • Dine and dish with the Caps' Roomies in this month's Washington Life Magazine, where they talk about the team, their goals and their special friendship. N'aww. [Washington LifeMonumental]