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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Rangers Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing tonight's visit to MSG, a look at the slumping power play and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's return to the scene of Game 7 from VogsNHL.comAPPeerless, and from 42nd Street, the NYDNNY Rangers Blog, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • Given the fact that every game in their recent playoff series was decided by one goal, it wouldn't be surprising for tonight's match to be another tight one. [CSNMA]
    • Pretty fun to see the Caps referred to as the litmus test for another team to show how good they are. [NY PostNYDN]
    • With Alex Ovechkin coming to town, the Rangers have put Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi back together again, and will sit Dan Boyle for Dylan McIlrath. [NewsdayNYDNLoHudBlue Line Station]
    • Ovechkin returns to New York with a much-improved supporting cast of proven scorers and winners. [NYTimes]
  • News and notes from a travel day for the Caps: 
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzBackstrom)]
    • He's already the Caps' top defenseman, but John Carlson continues to put in the work to fix the little things. [WaPo]
    • The Caps are going through a bit of a dry patch with the extra man and have now gone scoreless in their last seven power-play opportunities, . [WaPo]
  • See who's up and who's down in our weekly look at individual... well, ups and downs. [Rink]
  • Your October MVP for the Caps: Evgeny Kuznetsov. [TheRunnerSports]
  • Looking back at the past week and month... [USA TodayPressbox DCTHW]
  • ...and ahead to the next week and month. [Stars and Sticks (and again)]
  • As more and more studies (and tragedies) show the long-term impact of concussions, more and more people are changing their mind about the need for fighting in the NHL. [OtG]
  • Three years ago, concussions forced Colton Stephenson out of hockey; now his brother Chandler is living the NHL dream for them both. [CSNMA]
  • Checking in on a deep prospect pool. [Caps OutsiderPatriot-News]
  • 12 years after his retirement, former Cap Phil Housley will get his long overdue entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame this weekend. [ESPN]
  • Reflecting on the Caps' career of traitor Sergei Gonchar, one of Washington's most underrated defensemen. [THW]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to Jim McKenzie.