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Saturday Caps Clips: Maple Leafs @ Capitals Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking ahead to tonight's visit from the Leafs, line shuffling, Movember updates and more.

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  • Previews of tonight's game against the Maple Leafs from VogsPeerlessAPNHL.comToronto StarToronto Sun, and be sure to pay a visit to our good pals over at Pension Plan Puppets for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • People are starting to take notice of the fact that John Carlson might be a little bit good at this hockey thing. [THN]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday's win. [Dump 'n Chase]
    • Ranking the individual performances in the victory over the Bruins, as voted by you. [Rink]
    • Breaking down the play that led to a crucial five-on-three goal by the Caps. [Rink]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice: 
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzRinkside Update/Laich)]
    • The Caps have reassigned Stanislav Galiev to Hershey for a two-week conditioning stint - aka a way to get him playing time without subjecting him to waivers. [CapsWaPoCSNMA,
    • It wouldn't have been surprising if Nicklas Backstrom had experienced a bit of rust in his return from hip surgery, but so far, the rust has been nowhere to be found. [Pressbox DC]
    • While he does have 10 points in 12 games, Justin Williams feels he's not even close to where he wants to be at the other end of the rink. [CSNMA]
    • They may lose a game every now and then, but the Caps' mission this year is clear: don't lose two (or more) in a row. [CSNMA]
    • Why hasn't Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play yet this year? [CSNMA]
    • Karl Alzner would like to add more physicality to his resume. [WaPo]
    • Caps' assistant coach Lane Lambert isn't just the brains behind the resurgent penalty kill; he's also the energy that helps fuel it. [WaPo]
  • Sergei Fedorov will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, and his journey from quiet Russian phenom to NHL legend was not an easy one. [NHL.com]
  • Alex Ovechkin is two goals shy of passing Fedorov's mark as the all-time leading Russian scorer; when it happens, Fedorov wants to be there to give him a hug. [NHL.com]
  • So why can't goaltenders stop Ovechkin? Another prolific Russian scorer, Pavel Bure, weighs in. [SovSport]
  • Rounding up the rankings of power from across the hockey media world, and the Super 16. [RinkNHL.com]
  • The Caps are off to a hot start... but are they the real deal? That and other hockey-related questions in an NHL roundtable. [SI]
  • That hot start combined with an upcoming string of opponents that are less than successful with the puck equals the perfect time for the Caps to make a move. [RMNB]
  • Earlier this week, the Bears lost a member of their family; Scott Stuccio pays tribute to Bob Arehart. [Stucc's Glove and Blogger]
  • Alzner, a microphone, a mustache-covered jacket... it's time for the first Movember update! [Monumental video]
  • A number of Caps (and other DC-area athletes) show up on this list of the top 100 pro athlete golfers... make your own jokes, people. Too easy. [Golf Digest]