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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Leafs pay a visit, the d-pairs get a shuffle, Eller takes a sick day and more.

Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Six Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Congrats to Nicklas Backstrom, whose 3 goals and six assists earned him NHL Third Star of the Week honors. [Rink, NHL.com], Caps Outsider]
  • Say, let’s take a look at Caps early-season metrics from this year and previous season. 2017-18 is a work in progress, for true. [Rink]
  • Ups and Downs makes its triumphant return to kick off 2017-18. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s tussle with the Leafs from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, Peerless, NoVa Caps, Fox Sports, and be sure to swing by our SB Nation pals over at Pension Plan Puppets for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • There’s a decent chance that Lars Eller will be unavailable to play tonight, being as how he was sent home prior to practice yesterday with an unspecified illness. Tyler Graovac could get the call. [WaPo]
  • You again? The Caps and the Leafs had a good go in the first round of the 2017 playoffs, and now they both have something to prove. [WaPo]
  • Niskanen’s injury has the Caps’ d-pairings in flux. Sez Coach Trotz: “There are pairs for practice. There are pairs for parts of games. It’ll be a little bit situational.” [NBCSW]
  • And if the blueline blender proves not to work, the trade hammer may fall. [WaPo]
  • All things considered, it was a pretty good week for Nathan Walker. [@Capitals]
  • Long lines, lots of Sharpies and smiles. It was Season Ticket Holder Night at the Capital One Arena. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 33rd birthday to Sami Lepisto.