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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Islanders Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps prepare to walk the red carpet as they open their home slate against the Islanders.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's home opener against the Islanders from VogsNHL.comAPFox SportsPeerless, and FiCP, and be sure to visit our hilarious friends over at Lighthouse Hockey for lots of Tom Wilson complaints the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • After spending large portions of last season injured, Brooks Orpik is happy to be away from the trainers and back with his team - regardless of his role. [WaPo]
  • Like his role, might Orpik be evolving? [Rink]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday's loss in Pittsburgh. [Dump 'n Chase]
    • The "Tre Kronor line", led by Andre Burakovsky, was stellar against the Penguins. [WaPoRMNB]
    • The feistiness between Justin Williams and Evgeni Malkin was just another chapter in what has become a long history of mutual hatred. [RMNB]
    • Whether or not the schedule-makers did it on purpose (and they totally did), having the Caps in town for the Pens' Cup banner-raising could serve as motivation for the visitors. [ESPN]
    • Breaking down the breakdown that led to Pittsburgh's second goal against the Caps. [RMNB]
    • Rank 'em! [Rink]
  • Reactions to Thursday's loss and a closer look at Dmitry Orlov are among the topics covered by Tarik El-Bashir this week. [CSNMA]
  • Four and four: things to look forward to, and hope not to see, in the coming week. [StarsandSticks]
  • They say that defense wins championships; so what does the Caps' blueline look like? [NoVa Caps]
  • Local fans spent most of the day yesterday scouring the area for letters and free tickets. [WJLA]
  • The Caps continue to work towards growing hockey in the DMV, and will be helping to refurbish three Loudoun rinks and donating street hockey equipment to local schools. [Patch]
  • Looks like Verizon Center is sporting some shiny, new, consolidated banners in the rafters. [RMNBNoVa Caps]