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Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Blues Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Preseason continues with a clash between the last two Cup winners, previewing the season ahead and more.

St Louis Blues v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s visit from the reigning champs (or at least players in their jerseys) from Vogs, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at St. Louis Game Time for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • News and notes from Day 5 of training camp. [Caps video (Reirden, Caps365), NoVa Caps]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov will start the season on the sidelines, serving a suspension; Tom Wilson knows how tough that can be. [NBCSW]
  • While not fun for Kuznetsov, his absence could open the door for Travis Boyd to snag a roster spot... [WaPo]
  • ...or even first-round pick Connor McMichael. [AP]
  • While that is a possibility, McMichael knows that it’s not a given and that patience is key on the path to the NHL. [NBCSW]
  • McMichael is one of a handful of players to keep an eye on during the next five preseason games. [Starsandsticks]
  • Predictions for what the season ahead has in store for John Carlson... [Peerless]
  • ...and Jakub Vrana. [StarsandSticks]
  • Prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby has no plans of going back to Sweden this time around if he doesn’t crack the Caps’ lineup. [NBCSW]
  • Not all of the youngsters at camp yesterday were Caps’ prospects - one was there to wish his very special dad a very happy birthday! [Caps]
  • A few leftovers from Monday night’s OT win over the Blackhawks. [Caps, NoVa Caps]
  • Nicklas Backstrom wants to stay in DC and the Caps seem interested in keeping him there... but can they afford him? [THW]
  • And what about Braden Holtby - is this year the last for him as a Capital? [THW]