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Monday Caps Clips: At the Quarter Mark

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Taking stock at the end of the first quarter-season.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Week That Was, Volume 7. [Peerless, AATJ, FiCP (photos)]
  • “The Caps would never put it in these words, but it appears that, a quarter of the way into this season, they don’t care as much as they used to about the regular season. And they don’t care that they don’t care. They don’t even care whether you care that they don’t care. Because that’s this year’s plan. Got it?” Tom Boswell notes a change in the wind. [WaPo]
  • Related: Do the Caps have an identity this season? [Afro-American]
  • Farewell, travel- and B2B-heavy November (record of 8-4-1). You won’t be missed. [SI]
  • Speaking of back-to-backs, the Caps’ record in them is a bit uneven. [WashTimes]
  • Twenty games in to the season, NoVa Caps Fans looks at Special Teams and Goaltending.
  • Oh hai there, suddenly-unreliable power play. [WaPo]
  • Penalties are also a bit of a concern. [CSNMA]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov is among a group of six young centermen due for a raise next season... [THW]
  • ... and with Brent Burns off the market, UFA defenseman Karl Alzner’s price is moving on up. [RMNB]
  • Matt Niskanen sustained a lower body injury on Saturday and left the game. Reports say that he was to have had further testing yesterday (Sunday) and perhaps the team will update his condition/prognosis today. [CSNMA]
  • Paul Carey is on his way back to Central Pennsylvania. [CSNMA]
  • Finally, here’s a Rink stick salute for everyone who donated blood at Kettler this weekend. Thank you for your generosity, and feel free to tell us about your experience in comments. [FiCP]