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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Superstar Nicky, an Oshie-shaped void, a few red flags and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Congrats are in order for Nicklas Backstrom, named the NHL Third Star of the Week. [NHL.com, ESPN, CSNMA, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • A few causes for Capitals concern. Crikey. [Rink]
  • Gazing into the void that is Caps hockey without TJ Oshie... [NoVa Caps]
  • ... such as the penalty kill, where coach sez a group effort will be needed. [WaPo]
  • Lars Eller is skating again, though his status for Wednesday is still uncertain... [CSNMA]
  • ... and Paul Carey has been reassigned to Hershey. [WaPo, CSNMA]
  • In the meantime, what’s up with Alex Ovechkin? [RMNB]
  • And what’s up with Evgeny Kuznetsov? [HB]
  • And what’s up with John Carlson? [NoVa Caps]
  • Whiners whining. Whatevs. [CSNMA, NoVa Caps, Columbus Dispatch]
  • Andre Burakovsky chatted up Facebook Live with Tarik El-Bashir. [CSNMA]
  • Finally, we keep Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham and his family in our thoughts as he remains hospitalized after having a seizure on the ice Sunday. [TSN]