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Friday Caps Clips: Captain Clutch; Caps @ Oilers Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recapping a late-night win, looking ahead to the Oilers, and more.

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  • The Caps are playing a more aggressive defensive posture, and it paid dividends against the Flames Tuesday night. How? Rob breaks it all down. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Monumental video (highlightsTrotzBeagleOvechkinChimeraHoltby), NHL.comAPSportsnet (video), WaPoFrankovicDSPRMNBStars and Sticks, and from the BC side, CPCanucks ArmyNational PostVancouver Sun (and again), and Nucks Misconduct.
  • Previewing tonight's first glimpse of Connor McDavid from, and be sure to check out our SB Nation amigos over at Copper & Blue for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • The Caps' second-ranked power play will have its work cut out for it as it takes on the League's best penalty killing unit. [Edmonton Journal]
    • Now in his second year behind the Caps' bench, Barry Trotz has connected with his team's captain, and pretty much everyone else. [The Province]
  • In Trotz's mind (and ours, as well) Alex Ovechkin is a shoo-in for the Hockey Hall of Fame. [CSNMA]
  • He's also in the conversation for whois the most exciting player in the NHL today. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Caps' season thus far has been partly defined by defense, at even strength and on the penalty kill. [Stars and SticksWaPo]
  • T.J. Oshie slides into the Top 100 players. [ESPN]
  • Five observations from the first five games of the season for the Caps. [THW]
  • For the first time ever, Canadians do not make up the majority of team's rosters. [TSN]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinJohanssonRinkside Update/Niskanen)]
  • Prospect updates, including Chandler Stephenson, who made his NHL debut last week and hasn't looked back yet. [CSNMA]
  • When it comes to the really controversial issues of the day, leave it to Nicklas Backstrom to go against the crowd. Kind of. [Sportsnet (Dangle)]