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Tuesday Caps Clips: The Search for Secondary Scoring

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Where has all the scoring gone, Orlov gets closer, Orpik is about to get Dad Strength and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • What goes up must come down - true of gravity and, apparently, last week for the Caps. [RinkRMNB]
  • News and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzGreenNiskanenAlzner), WaPoCSNW]
    • The team's secondary scoring has dried up and "Alex and Nick and pray Braden doesn't give up... anything" is probably not a formula for sustained winning. [RinkCSNWStars & Sticks]
    • Dmitry Orlov is heading to Hershey for a three-game rehab stint, which is terrific news for him (and, potentially, the Caps). [CSNW]
    • The last long layoff was a curse. Live and learn. [WaPo]
  • Where the shots are coming from when they're coming from the blueline. [RMNB]
  • The Captain on why this year's team is as different from past years' as Chick Hernandez's hair. [CSNW (video)]
  • Brian MacLellan has faith that Evgeny Kuznetsov can be a difference-maker in the playoffs... but really, what choice does he have at this point? [ESPN ($)]
  • Hockey teams ranked by power. [ESPNTHNThe Score]
  • "Oh, you played Minecraft after school? Cool... I guess. I had Ovi and a few other Caps over." - Bentsen, probably. [RMNB]
  • Ovechkin also dropped in on Fort Dupont's practice because he's The Man. [Monumental (video)]
  • The Caps' two best prospects in Hershey were good last week, so that's good. [Patriot-News]
  • "The woman who plays the organ for the Washington Capitals has arthritis; would you like me to play the songs how they are meant to be played, or the way that she plays them because of her condition?" If it's in the game, it's in the game. [Read-Only Memory (h/t @JeffBessling)]
  • So former Cap Stephen Peat tried to burn down his old man's house? That's... something. [The Province]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Doug Jarvis.
  • One more - The Rink hoists a somber stick salute to the memory of Jim Clark, who passed away last Friday at the age of 87. We know him by the company he founded that bears his name - Clark Construction - and by his many landmark buildings that populate the DMV. He built both the Capital Centre (which bolstered Abe Pollin's bid for a certain NHL expansion team) and the MCI/Verizon Center. Rest well, sir, and thanks. [Washington Business Journal]