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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: We can haz hockey!

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • It's Wednesday, and we can haz hockey! The week in preview. [Rink, S&S]
  • Previews of tonight's Rivalry Night nationally televised fight with the Flightless Fowl from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, AP and Peerless, and check out our SB Nation buddies at PensBurgh for the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • "The NHL season might be young, but it's not too early for the NHL's most star-studded team to start scaring somebody other than prospective buyers." Columnist Rob Rossi reads the Pittsburgh tea leaves. [TribLive]
    • Sad Eric Fehr is sad. He's ready to suit up for his new squad, but is not eligible to come off LTIR until Saturday. So it's nacho duty again for F-16, only this night from the visitors' press box. Also, he explains his injury. Ouch. [Post-Gazette]
    • Keep your eyes on Pens rookie forward Daniel Sprong. It's decision time for GM Jim Rutherford, who has indicated that he is inclined to keep the kid on the NHL roster and burn that valuable ELC year. This game could help him decide one way or the other. [The PensBlog]
  • News and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Oshie, Rinkside Update/Wilson)]
    • Hip? What hip? Oh right, that hip. Nick Backstrom says he had no problems in the back-to-back and he's as eager as the fans to get this game underway. [WashTimes]
    • Justin Williams caught his kids' cooties, and Andre Burakovsky got bumped up to the Tre Kronor Line. But most likely J-Dubs will be good to go tonight. [WaPo, CSNMA]
    • King Karl is mixing it up, adding a little JT91 to his game. [WaPo]
    • TL;DR: The fourth line is currently constructed of three players who don't have much in common and whose individual skills don't really complement one another. [WaPo]
    • Oh hai there Chris Brown, returning to practice as he rehabs a broken finger. He's stuck in hockey no-man's-land, between rosters until the docs clear him to cash in his ticket to Hershey. [WaPo]
  • The Caps are dedicating their Hockey Fights Cancer game to the memory of Andi Lambert, who lost her battle of 20-plus years just as training camp commenced. And such a battle; she was a warrior. Rest well, Andi. [CSNMA]
    • In addition, the Caps will be honoring Sam Becker, who returns to the Verizon Center tonight cancer-free and is on-deck for the ceremonial puck drop. [Fox5, WJLA7, @washcaps, Caps OT]
    • Download and print your own HFC sign here... [NHL.com]
    • .... remember there are many ways to participate in the Fight. We've collected a few of them here... [Rink]
    • ... and the specialty jerseys/masks/auto'd items worn/used/signed by the Caps in warmups are available by on-line auction. [HandBid]
  • Old friend Alex Prewitt turns the Sports Illustrated spotlight on Evgeny Kuznetsov, who is having a grand old time as a husband, father, and emerging NHL superstar. [SI]
    • Five things to know about Zhenya. [Pressbox DC]
    • Russian media chatted with Kuzya as the team was two games in to its Western Canada adventure. [THW]
  • So the new guys are looking pretty good, even if you're not actually watching the games. [Rink]
  • Dan Rosen had five questions for Barry Trotz. The questions were excellent, and the answers were better. [NHL.com]
  • Elliotte Friedman had 30 thoughts, and 19 thru 21 were about the Caps. [Sportsnet, RMNB]
  • "I can’t say that I set myself any goal for this season. I simply missed hockey a lot! I want to play, win and be valuable for the Capitals. I really think that the Caps will reach the playoffs. I am crazy for it, I’ve played in Washington for five years already and I am yet to play in the playoffs. I really wish we’ll fight for the Stanley Cup. The whole team wants it, we’re working together towards this goal." Russian media also checked in with Dmitry Orlov. [THW]
  • Hmm. The South Carolina Stingrays have signed a goalie. [Live5News]
  • In other goalie news, Ilya Samsonov got the start for Metallurg against Cupid Khabarovsk on Tuesday and posted a 30-save shutout, the first in his career. He is eighteen years old. [Magnitogorsk MonaVista (link in Russian)]
  • Derek Roy is making the best of it in Switzerland. [Planet Hockey, via GoogleTrans]
  • Finally,remembering the awesomesauce that was Peter Bondra's hockey career. [Greatest Hockey Legends]