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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Penguins Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The 2016-17 season begins tonight with a visit to Pittsburgh. Here's hoping.

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  • Previews of tonight's nationally televised fight with the (Stanley Cup Banner-raising) Flightless Fowl from Vogs (plus game notes), CSNMA, NVC, AP and Peerless, and check out our SB Nation buddies at PensBurgh for the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • Monumental announced that radio coverage for all Caps and Wizards games will be broadcast this season on WFED 1500 AM, and all Caps games will simulcast online at CapsRadio 24/7 (also available thru the Caps page on the NHL app). Tonight's game will only be available online or via the app. [Caps Today, WaPo, RMNB]
    • Coach has a plan for his squad for the banner-raising ceremony, but he's not divulging it. Yet. [CSNMA]
    • The Pens will be skating without two of their starters, with Sidney Crosby sidelined with a concussion, and forward Bryan Rust recovering from... a mystery injury. [CSNMA, S&S, PPG]
    • With Crosby out, Matt Cullen is moving up to 1C. [PPG]
  • News and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Williams, Sanford)]
    • Coach tweaked his forward lines in practice and the Tre Kronor line appears to be a thing again. [CSNMA]
    • Meet the Caps' centermen:
      • Evgeny Kuznetsov hopes to shake off the disappointment of last year and thrive in this season. [WaPo]
      • Nicklas Backstrom brings elite production to the Tre Kronor line. [WaPo]
      • Lars Eller is delighted to have a defined role and some certainty in Washington. [WaPo]
      • Jay Beagle lost his "dream job" but is ready to head up the checking unit. [WaPo]
    • Karl Alzner heads into his contract year with the goal of staying consistent. [WaPo]
    • Dmitry Orlov is moving up in the defensive pairings and that's good and here's why. [RMNB]
    • Mitch Korn looks to coach Braden Holtby to a second-consecutive Vezina Trophy. [CSNMA]
    • How did Zach Sanford get his sweater? By outplaying guys, that's how. [CSNMA]
    • 34 Minnesota natives are on NHL rosters this season. Four of them are suiting up for the Caps. [LPH]
    • Getting the most out of the Caps' top-six forwards. [S&S]
  • A few more previews, predictions and prognostications:
    • The Japers' Rink podcast crew takes a swing at the season. [Rink Radio]
    • Depth charts, Venn-style. [Rink]
    • The worrier's guide to the Metro Division. [Lighthouse Hockey]
    • Metro preview. [NVC]
    • The Puck Daddy staff make their Lord Stanley picks. [PD]
    • Pavel Lysenko pencils in a long-overdue Alex Ovechkin. [Soviet Sport, via GTrans]
    • Window, schmindow. [THN]
    • Here we are again. Again. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Finally, happy 51st birthday to Paul Cavallini.