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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Carolina comes calling, Boyd and Kempny are ailing, the roster gets another trim and more.

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Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • Nicklas Backstrom as you’ve never seen him - at home in his hometown. If you click on only one link, make it this one. [WaPo]
  • Ranking the top centermen of the Metropolitan. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s preseason clash with the ‘Canes from Vogs and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Canes Country for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • The Caps will be without the services of Travis Boyd, who sustained a lower body injury while blocking a shot vs the Blues and will miss some time... [WaPo]
  • ... and most likely Michal Kempny, who is listed as “day-to-day” with upper body injury after taking an elbow to the noggin from St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo... [NoVa Caps]
  • ... who had his hearing yesterday with the Department of Player Safety. The DoPS subsequently suspended Bortuzzo for the final two preseason games and one regular season game. [NBCSW, NHL]
  • It’s not about the conditioning, sez Devante Smith-Pelly, as he prepares to sit out another preseason game. [NBCSW]
  • Jakub Vrana is really growing into his top-six role. [WaPo]
  • Lookit you, Riley Barber, shooting your way through the preseason. [NHL]
  • T.J. Oshie has the world (and lots of pucks) at his feet. [SI]
  • The camp cuts keep coming and Sergei Shumakov and Ilya Samsonov have been ticketed for Chocolatetown. [NBCSW]
  • Dear NHL-person-in-charge-of-scheduling-the-first-week-of-the-season - You had one job. [NBCSW]
  • Cup stand for Mike Milbury! Yesssssssssss. [WaPo]
  • But no Premier League Cup stand for the Caps, who welcomed this distinguished visitor to MedStar. [RMNB]
  • Dmitry Orlov released a terrific video about his (half) Day with the Cup. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 31st birthday to Dustin Penner and happy 65th birthday to Doug Gibson.