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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Isle come to town for the last preseason tune-up. The next Game Day Clips will be for realsies!

Matt Niskanen demonstrating #dadstrength
Matt Niskanen demonstrating #dadstrength
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  • Notes and assorted whatnot from the last official day of training camp out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Rinkside Update/Latta), NoVa Caps Fans]
    • The 23-man rosters are due to the Lig on Tuesday, and decisions are pending on Stephenson, Roy, and Peters... [CSNMA]
    • ... but those decisions will wait 'til after today's game. [WaPo]
    • "I think with [Dmitry] Orlov, he’s still catching up in his game," Trotz said. "I think he’s worked a lot with the coaching staff lately on just getting some reads. I think he’s trying to force some stuff a little bit too much, but it’s starting to come back. I think the more he plays, the better he’s going to get." [WaPo]
    • If Nick Backstrom isn't quite ready to get in any game action, he for sure is ready to lead the team stretches. [Caps OT]
  • Some leftovers from the Bruins game:
    • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
    • Tom Wilson explains why he had to take on  Kevin Miller ... twice. [CSNMA]
    • Photo post - Ev'rybody was kung-fu fighting. [RMNB]
    • John Walton laid down some beats to go with his call of the shootout. [Capitals Voice]
    • CapsNation is beefing with SkyCam. [RMNB]
  • More predictions and prognostications:
    • The NHL's top teams, and how they got there. [Buffalo News]
    • Hot seats for everyone in the Eastern Conference... [NHL.com]
    • ... including T.J. Oshie, who is expected to flourish on a line with the game's best goal-scorer. Flourish, Oshie, flourish! Or else. [NHL.com]
    • Mike Harrington's preseason power rankings. [Buffalo News]
    • Pat Leonard likes the Caps. A lot. [NYDN]
    • Seth Rorabaugh also likes the Caps. [Post-Gazette]
  • "At an individual level, the talent surrounding him should allow Braden Holtby to focus on his game, not on having to be the best player on the ice for the Caps, as he was for many games last season. With that burden lifted, he might find that he is just as often the best player on the ice and perhaps the best goaltender in the league." [Peerless]
    • Related - How much work is too much work for a franchise goaler? [NYT]
    • Also related - How much money is too much money to throw at a franchise goaler? [Sporting News]
  • Congrats to Matt Niskanen and his wife, who welcomed their first child, a son, this weekend. [@WashCaps]
  • Oh hai there birthday boy Justin Williams! There are 34 candles on his cake today, and we'll go ahead and advise him to keep his head on a swivel in the post-game locker room, lest his Captain sneak up with a towel full of shaving cream. But a perfectly placed Ovipass will prob'ly set him up with a beauty goal long before then.