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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Wild Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Wild come calling as the Caps sort through the rubble of their California roadie.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Are Carlzner experiencing that seven-year itch? [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Wild from Vogs (plus game notes),, AP and Peerless, and be sure to check out the Star-Tribune and our SB Nation pals over at Hockey Wilderness for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Two top teams still searching to rediscover their pre-bye week mojo, and former Caps bench boss Bruce Boudreau had some post-practice thoughts. [CSNMA]
  • Boudreau will be looking for a full 60 minutes from his squad... []
  • ... and the memories come flooding back at Kettler. []
  • Leftovers from a lost weekend:
  • Post-Ducks notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
  • Numbers for the Monday morning after. [RMNB]
  • NHL-best Caps “slapped in the face” by four straight losses. [WaPo, AP]
  • Is the top line good enough? Comparing some contenders. [NoVa Caps]
  • Trotz: "I think this whole trip will identify to us areas that we can be better and those areas, we'll get through it. Right now, goals aren't coming easy for a few guys. We went through a stretch where everybody was feeling it and everybody was putting points on the board and right now, there's not a lot of guys that are putting points on the board. We've got too many guys that are dry right now, as a group, so we have to work through it. If we're not scoring we're gonna have to a play a little tighter game, we'll have to stay out of the box." [TSN]
  • Holtby: "If we're good enough to be a championship team, we will get through this. We'll push through and be better. But that's something we have to do. It's not just because there is adversity, we're going to get better. We have to do it. We have to use it to our advantage." []
  • Should the Caps be worried? [THN Roundtable (podcast), NBC Video (Roenick)]
  • Swedish media met with Nicklas Backstrom after the game in Anaheim and he sounded downright chipper - looking forward to the balance of the season and with this to say about his new teammate: “Kevin Shattenkirk is a pretty damn good guy. He is very down to earth and a fantastic hockey player, so we will get a lot from him.” [Expressen]
  • And in other news:
  • Finally, happy 37th birthday to Joe Motzko.