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Monday Caps Clips: So Much Extra Hockey

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps scrap out a point but fall in the shootout, McMichael debuts, Vanecek and Vrana have a chance to step up and more.

Buffalo Sabres v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps’ penalty kill has been pretty strong so far (...yesterday’s loss notwithstanding) - so just how many chances are they giving up when down a man or more? [S&S]
  • Ilya Samsonov’s absence has opened the door for Vitek Vanecek to make his case for the Caps’ net - and so far he’s making the most of that chance. [NBCSW]
  • Speaking of opportunities, Alex Ovechkin’s exile from the ice gives Jakub Vrana a chance to grab some more ice time, at even strength and on the power play. [RMNB]
  • A look back at the week that was. [Peerless, All About the Jersey]
  • The Caps are looking for ways to fix some of their defensive loopholes. [S&S]
  • Happy 52nd birthday to Steve Maltais, and happy 56th to Esa Tikkanen.
  • And finally, one last look at whatever witchcraft and wizardry this is from Nicklas Backstrom: