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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Predicting Stanley Cup matchups, filling roster holes and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Depth on defense, a closer look at Tom Wilson's shooting, closing the gap in the Metro and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink]
  • At least a couple of people think (or hope) that next summer's Stanley Cup Final will take place between Bruce Boudreau's former team and his current one. [WaPoESPN]
  • Two weeks away from a prospect tournament in Florida, the team brass is looking forward to getting another look at (among others) 2015 draftee Jonas Siegenthaler. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • It's true, the thought of seeing Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom get to work their magic at three on three is drool-inducing. [FOX Sports]
  • Of course, with the news that Backstrom may not be ready for the start of the season, that may have to wait. [CSNMA (and again)]
  • While the forwards deal with a potential Backstrom absence, the blueline will have to contend with a definitive Mike Green absence. [CSNMA]
  • The AHL schedule is finally out, and the Bears have their 76-game slate, including promotional giveaways and special ceremonies, all ready to go. [Patriot-News]
  • Projecting the Caps' starting lineup for the highly-anticipated 2015-16 season... [THW]
  • ...and looking back at the lineup - and the outcomes - from two decades ago. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Get the rundown on the Metro Division from a Nashville perspective. [OtF]
  • The boss man talks about the use of virtual reality in sports, part of a package (along with analytics) that can provide better training tools for pro teams. [CNBC]
  • It's August and love is in the air, so please to be enjoying the sweet tale of how Brooks Laich proposed to his lady love... and gawk at the rock he gave her. [JulianneHough.com]
  • Finally, happy 66th birthday to Murray Anderson.