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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Blackhawks Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps kick off another road trip with a visit to Chicago, goal droughts abound and more.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • It hasn't always shown up in the on-ice results, but so far the underlying numbers for the Caps are encouraging. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's battle against the 'Hawks from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, CSN Chicago, WFMZ, Fox Sports, and the 'Hawks, and be sure to stop by our SB Nation pals over at Second City Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Looks like the 'Hawks could be without one of the top scorers of the young season, Artem Anisimov. [CSN Chicago, PHT]
  • Tonight marks the start of another tough stretch in the schedule, with three straight on the road followed by a visit from the defending champs. [NoVa Caps]
  • Hear from the room after yesterday's practice. [Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, Niskanen, Rinkside Update/Oshie)]
  • Good news: fresh off a maintenance day, Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin were both back on the ice yesterday. [CSNMA]
  • More on Lars Eller and his propensity to take penalties. [WaPo]
  • Another road trip, another chance at seeing Taylor Chorney's season debut. [CSNMA]
  • Still looking for his first goal of the season, John Carlson may be working through the aftermath of a World Cup injury. [WaPo]
  • Zach Sanford is also still awaiting his first NHL goal, but his coach is happy with how the team's handling his progress. [CSNMA]
  • Also sitting at zero goals? The team's second power-play unit. [WaPo]
  • The Caps are off to a strong start overall, and it's because they've been able to string together wins. [WaPo]
  • The week that was for the Metro. [Canes Country]
  • Finally, happy 62nd birthday to Michel Bergeron, and happy 44th to Steve Konowalchuk.