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Friday Caps Clips: Ugly Start

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of a stumble in Vancouver, another one bites the dust, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings from last night’s loss from us, Vogs, NHL, WaPo, NoVa Caps, RMNB, Vancouver Sun, and CP.
  • One bright spot in an otherwise bleak game? Chandler Stephenson picking up his first career NHL goal (with Madison Bowey earning his first point on the assist). [Caps video]
  • But seriously, anytime the Caps take the ice without Nicklas Backstrom... it’s a bleak game. [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • And they’re down another player, as Brett Connolly left the game early with an upper-body injury. [RMBN]
  • He’s been relegated to fourth-line duty so far, but Devante Smith-Pelly may be able to earn his way into a larger role. [NBCSW]
  • With Mitch Korn taking a step back, Braden Holtby has a new voice in his ear this season. [NHL]
  • Rankings of power and scary-good players for each team. [ESPN]
  • The Caps need to keep an eye on the standings and not let the pack get too far ahead of them. So... the opposite of last night’s results. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Caps GM Brian MacLellan... may your birthday wishes come true. (Hint: Ask for healthy players and a new defenseman.)