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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps pay a visit to South Florida, Orlov breaks down his hip check, the Tre Kronor line synchronizes and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Kitties from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, CSNMA, NVC, AP, Caps Outsider and STATS LLC, and check out our SB Nation buddies at Litter Box Cats for the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Player to watch: Old friend Jaromir Jagr will be playing at home in his 1,633rd career NHL game. He has 9 shots on goal over 3 games this season in search of NHL goal number 750 (and his next point of any flavor will be NHL point number 1,870). Peerless has a bunch of cool JJ vs. AO numbers as well. [NHL.com]
  • Dmitry Orlov breaks down his now-famous hip check on Matt Duchene... [CSNMA]
  • ... and gets some kudos for his other heads-up play in that game. [Rink]
  • So now that the Caps’ top line has composed itself and gotten back in sync... [CSNMA]
  • ... and the Tre Kronor line is rolling with three countrymen confident in their own skills and each other’s contributions... [WaPo, RMNB]
  • ... it is now time for everybody to freak out over the third line and their lack of scoring. [CSNMA, Caps Outsider]
  • Philipp Grubauer made a good impression with his shutout victory on Tuesday, which is useful because he’ll be seeing more game action this year with the League’s compressed schedule. [WaPo]
  • Three games in, the team begins to reveal itself by the numbers. [RMNB]
  • Congrats to Braden Holtby, whose special Gord Downie-themed Team Canada mask raised over $27,000 (Canadian) for Downie’s designated charities. [FTW]
  • Peek-a-who? Uncle Ted videobombs the CSN concourse cam. [NHL.com]
  • Here’s a little behind-the-scenes at the photo shoot for the Caps’ Canine Calendar. [Washington Life]
  • Hershey updates:
  • Life in the American Hockey League can be tough, but playing in Hershey, Pennsylvania has its rewards, as Ted Starkey details in this excerpt from his new book. [Caps Outsider]
  • "I have a buddy that played hockey in Australia and you talk to anybody from there and [Walker] is like a God over there," said Hershey's captain Garrett Mitchell. "It's kind of neat that everybody in Australia knows who Nathan Walker is. What he's doing for Australia and for hockey over there is unbelievable." [Patriot-News]
  • Speaking of Garrett Mitchell:
  • Caps prospect Jonas Siegenthaler has reported to his Swiss League team, but ZSC Lions coach Hans Wallon does not know when he will play. Per Hershey Hockey Ops VP Bryan Helmer, Siegenthaler’s father is ill and it is thought to be quite serious. [ZSZ.ch]
  • Finally, happy 38th birthday to Mike Farrell.