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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Sabres Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It’s go time, baby.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s season opener against the Buffalo Sabres from Vogs dieand NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Die by the Blade for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • The JRR crew preview the Caps’ season ahead, the blueline battle, the team’s depth and make some predictions. [Rink]
  • Tonight Peter Laviolette and his Caps take the first steps into a season with plenty of challenges. [WaPo]
  • Wrapping up our look at the best players in the division with the top ten left wings. [Rink]
  • Checking in with Vogs and Taryn for final thoughts on camp and the last set of roster cuts. [Caps video]
  • With the season just around the corner, the Caps have finalized their opening night roster... [Caps, WashTimes]
  • ...and officially signed veteran netminder Craig Anderson to a one-year deal. Provided he clears waivers, he’ll join the taxi squad as the team’s third goalie. [Rink, NBCSW]
  • Catch up on what you need to know about the Caps before the puck drops on their new season. [NBCSW]
  • Ilya Samsonov spent the offseason working to rehab from his injuries suffered last summer - and put in the time to help improve his English. [Athletic ($)]
  • Special teams could be really important to the Caps’ success or failure this season. [S&S]
  • The first rankings of power of the new NHL season. [NHL]
  • With new faces behind the bench and on the ice, can the Caps bounce back from a disappointing 2019-20 season? [NBCSW]
  • Which of last year’s 16 playoff teams are in danger of missing the postseason this year, and which ones are safe? [PHT]
  • Three bold predictions and four questions facing the Caps. [S&S (and again)]
  • 21 predictions for the 2021 season (and beyond). [The Score]
  • ESPN’s panel of experts make their selections for division titles, Cup champs, and award winners. [ESPN]
  • Like these new division alignments? Well, don’t get used to them, says Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who answered some pressing questions about the season. [NHL]
  • Questions facing the Caps before this summer’s expansion draft. [NBCSW]
  • There won’t be any fun lip-reading from behind the bench this season, as all of the coaches will be required to wear masks during games. [AP]
  • Remembering Alex Ovechkin’s very first hat trick 15 years ago yesterday - the first of many. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 51st birthday to Eric Charron, happy 56th to our pal Alan May - and happiest of birthday wishes to the man, the myth, the legend, our very own Mr. Jon “JP” Press, who turns 25(ish?) today!