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Thursday Caps Clips: Blueline Battles

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes:

Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • A few leftovers from Tuesday’s preseason win in St. Louis. [Vogs, NBCSW (video)]
  • Blues’ defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is scheduled to have a hearing reviewing his high hit on Michal Kempny Tuesday night... [NHL, NBCSW, NoVa Caps, The Score]
  • ...a hit which may have resulted in a concussion for Kempny. Ruh roh. [WaPo]
  • The latest round of cuts reveal some interesting battles for the final roster spots, particularly on the blueline. [NBCSW, WashTimes, RMNB, NoVa Caps (and again)]
  • New coach Todd Reirden is relying on his longtime coaching roots for confidence as he prepares to take over the Caps’ bench. [NHL]
  • Meanwhile presumptive new backup Pheonix Copley is ready to step into some big backup shoes. [NHL]
  • A look at what the season could have in store for Braden Holtby. [Peerless]
  • Ranking all 31 teams by their goalie tandems. [ESPN]
  • The Caps’ power play could very well be lethal again this year. [NBCSW]
  • A lot of teams are trying to embrace the role of underdog this year, but the Bruins and Lightning perhaps pose the biggest threat to a Caps’ repeat. [AP]
  • 8 questions facing the Metropolitan Division heading into this season. [Murphy’s Hockey]
  • Bears fans got to pick up their season tickets and meet some of the newest Hershey players - and even skate with them. [NoVa Caps]
  • Tom Wilson walks us through what his perfect DC day would look like. [WaPo]
  • The Capitol Police and Metro Police have both had special commemorative patches made honoring the Caps’ Cup win. [NoVa Caps]