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Saturday Caps Clips: Let the Games Begin

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The World Cup officially gets underway with a pair of round-robin games, the rookies hit FL and more.

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  • Previewing the tournament with the Rink Radio crew... [Rink]
  • ...Team Europe... [FanSided]
  • ...Team Russia... [Puck Daddy]
  • ...and Team Sweden. [EoTP]
  • Power rankings and predictions for the World Cup. [WashTimesESPNNHL]
  • After disappointing showings at the Olympics, Team Russia - aka the Red Machine - is looking for redemption in Toronto. [RBTH]
  • They'll be led in their pursuit by Alex Ovechkin - aka the Tsar of Russia - who has had quite a career so far. [La Sueur]
  • The tournament kicks off with a pair of games today, as USA takes on Europe and Canada battles the Czech Republic. [ESPNWCH]
  • Looks like - surprise, surprise! - Braden Holtby won't be in net for Canada's opener. [CSNMA]
  • 20 years after their last World Cup victory, Team USA says it's time to win. [WCH]
  • And the Capitals contingent of the team is ready for the challenge of trying to make it happen. [CSNMA]
  • Dmitry Orlov is one of many players attending the World Cup without a new contract in hand. [AP]
  • What happens if Orlov doesn't re-sign? [StarsandSticks]
  • While the big names are in Toronto, the Caps' rookies are down in Florida soaking up some sun and getting ready for their own tournament. [Monumental video (Troy MannDay 1)]
  • Breaking down the top five of the top 10 prospects. [RMNB]
  • Defensive prospect Jonas Siegenthaler is ready to move stateside after a year in his native Switzerland. [WaPo]
  • Meanwhile, the Caps are pretty high on forward prospect Zach Sanford... but do they like him enough to give him a spot on the opening-night roster? [NoVa Caps]
  • Continuing a look at the best moments of Bruce Boudreau's distinguished career behind the Caps' bench. [NoVa Caps]
  • Is the championship window closing for Ovechkin? [Medium (McErlain)]
  • More on Ovechkin's - and the NHL's - future Olympic plans. [TSS]
  • Hey, NHL: fix the goaltender interference. [NoVa Caps]
  • The Capitals, delicious chicken and charity - what could be bad? [Patch]
  • Remembering Holtby's historic night at the end of last season. [NoVa Caps]
  • If you haven't listened to the latest installment of Hockey Diaries, remedy that immediately. All three parts are now available, along with a Q&A with the producers. [Monumental]
  • Finally, happy 31st birthday to the man, the myth, the legend - the one and only Alex Ovechkin.