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Tuesday Caps Clips: Eye of the Hurricanes; Caps @ Habs Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps kick off preseason with a loss, early injury updates and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's overtime loss to the Hurricanes. [Monumental videoCanes CountryNoVa Caps]
    • The preseason opener also marked the NHL debut for goaltender Vitek Vanecek and 2016 first-round pick Lucas Johansen. [WaPoCSNMA]
    • It also featured a power-play goal by Madison Bowey, the only offense the Caps managed to muster against the 'Canes. [WaPo]
    • One game in and already one man down, as Tom Wilson left last night's game early with an upper-body injury. "Precautionary", at least for now. [WaPo]
  • Of course, technically they were one man down before the game with Nate Schmidt suffering a leg injury over the weekend. "Day to day"... at least for now. [CSNMA]
  • Apparently a tough tournament doesn't get the World Cup stars out of the infamous skating test - and they wouldn't want it any other way. [CSNMA]
  • Todd Reirden drew plenty of interest over the summer for head coaching vacancies, and is getting a bit of a dress rehearsal for a future job as he takes over Caps' camp. [WaPo]
  • Hear from Reirden himself after Day 4 of camp. [Monumental video]
  • Checking in with new Cap Lars Eller ahead of his preseason debut. [Monumental video]
  • A handful of this year's camp attendees are fresh-faced and fresh off the 2016 draft. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Previewing the 2016-17 season. [THW]
  • Coming off a strong defensive season, Matt Niskanen is now looking to add more offense to his game. [WaPo]
  • Niskanen and others suffered a(nother) heartbreaking playoff loss to the eventual Cup champs, but they're using it as motivation. Again. [AP]
  • Identifying potential breakout candidates for the upcoming season. [TSN]
  • There's a very good possibility that the 2016-17 season will feature the NHL debuts of top prospects Jakub Vrana and Madison Bowey. [StarsandSticks]
  • The World Cup is great, but the NHL needs the Olympics to keep growing the game. [THW]
  • Finally, happy 58th birthday to Paul Mulvey.