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Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Red Wings Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of actual hockey happening tonight, other teams don't like Tom Wilson, and more.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Previews of tonight's return visit to Joe Louis Arena from VogsNHL.comAPPeerlessKukla's KornerTHW, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Winging It In Motown for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • Last time these two teams met, Alex Ovechkin fired 15 shots on net; still searching for that record-breaking goal, the Wings are prepared for another round. [Detroit NewsMLive]
    • Great news! Mike Green is finally starting to find his game. Wait... that's actually probably bad news for the Caps. [Detroit Free PressMLive]
    • Brooks Orpik is in Detroit with the team, but his status for tonight is still unknown. [CSNMA]
  • Breaking news: Other teams don't like Tom Wilson or the way he hits their players. [RinkRMNBStars and SticksFrankovic]
  • The Caps are off to one of their best starts in franchise history, and a big reason for that is all-around team defense. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Why Nicklas Backstrom is having a Selke-worthy start to the season. [RMNB]
  • News and notes from a pre-flight skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzRinkside Update/Latta)]
    • Ovechkin is still - STILL - one goal away from the Russian record. It'll happen when it happens, people. [CSNMA]
    • For Barry Trotz, getting his team to perform is as much about what happens between the ears as what happens on the ice... especially in the playoffs. [WaPo]
    • With a jam-packed schedule consisting of seven games over the next eleven days, there are plenty of storylines to keep an eye on. [WaPo]
    • A bevy of healthy right-wingers in the regular lineup means Stanislav Galiev has to wait his turn for a chance with the team - and he's okay with that. [CSNMA]
    • The Caps' fourth line is finally starting to find its identity. [WaPo]
  • Congrats to Caps' goalie prospect Vitek Vanecek, who was named the ECHL's goalie of the week. [StingraysHockey]
  • If you've used the NHL's "new and improved" stats site, you know that the second part isn't exactly true - but after taking much criticism, the NHL is working to address it. Hooray! [Puck Daddy]
  • Former Cap Jose Theodore has high praise for his former teammate... and a confession about a certain, infamous goal celebration. Le rabble-rouser. [Journal de MontrealRMNB]
  • Finally, happy 51st birthday to assistant coach Lane Lambert.