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Tuesday Caps Clips: Final Cutdown?

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The roster gets trimmed to 22 healthy players, predictions keep comin' in (as does the Ovechkin love), and much more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Yesterday was cut down day and while there were no big surprises, the team let Derek Roy walk after his tryout and placed Justin Peters on waivers, while Stanislav Galiev and Sean Collins (among others, of course) are still here as the 22-man roster looks more or less set for opening night. [WaPoWashTimesCSNMAPHTRMNB]
  • The Caps may (will) struggle in the dot early on. Should you be concerned? [Rink]
  • So now that the preseason is behind us, what have we learned? [CSNMA]
  • The Captain says it's time to take a big step forward. Cosigned. [AP]
  • Predictions!
    • Some folks over at NHL.com are rather bullish on the local hockey team. [NHL.comRMNB]
    • The analytics crowd? Not quite so much. [Sportsnet]
    • But top-three in goals-for and -against? That is, as the title suggests, bold. [TSN, with more bold predictions at Stars and Sticks]
    • Metro champs? It could happen. [Islanders Insight]
  • Some leftovers from Sunday evening's win over the Isles. [Dump n' ChaseRMNB (pics)]
  • Noted pregame preparer Braden Holtby prepares pregame. [Monumental (video), @Meemaw_Tami]
  • The Caps' top two left defensemen make you pretty thankful they have two top right D-men. [B/R]
  • Counting down the top-15 centers in the League, with an appearance from the Caps' top pivot in the top-10. [Sporting News]
  • And the team's top healthy center is a potential breakout player for 2015-16. [NHL.com]
  • Of course, this isn't Evgeny Kuznetsov's first rodeo. [WaPo]
  • Celebrating ten years of Alex Ovechkin with a look back at his first game... [CSNMA]
  • ... as he just seems to get better with age. [RMNB]
  • The Caps signed center Tim McGauley, who impressed at Development Camp and in the Rookie Tournament down in Florida over the past few months. [CapitalsLuber's Lounge]
  • Rock the... rock? [Peerless]
  • Cool Winter Classic display out at the ol' VC. [Caps Outsider]
  • Ten things to watch as the Bears get ready to open their season. [Patriot-News]
  • Players come and go, but when you gave as much for this franchise as John Erskine did, you get a shout out. [Rink]
  • Happy 25th birthday to Marcus Johansson.
  • Finally, congrats to our friends over at Federal Baseball - your long Nationals nightmare is over...