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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Islanders Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps prepare for their first glimpse at the Islanders, the third jerseys make their debut, Wilson skates but his status remains uncertain and more.

New York Islanders v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps have scored a fair number of goals to date, but there are some warning signs for the future in the underlying numbers. [Rink]
  • A look at what the week ahead holds for the division-leading Caps. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s series opener against the Islanders from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, NBCSW, SI, SNY (video), and Newsday, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • The Caps have finally revealed their new third jerseys, and will debut them tonight against the Isles. [Rink, Caps, WaPo, NBCSW, The Score, SportsLogos, NoVa Caps, S&S, RMNB]
  • Seriously though, these things are FIRE:
  • Babyfaced Jakub Vrana is rarely without a smile - and the almost 25-year-old Cup champ has grown up before our very eyes here in DC. [WaPo]
  • Tom Wilson participated in yesterday’s optional practice, but his status remains uncertain for tonight. [NBCSW]
  • Hear from Wilson and Coach Laviolette after yesterday’s session out at Medstar. [Caps video (Laviolette, Wilson)]
  • A few leftovers from Sunday’s shootout loss to Buffalo. [Caps, S&S, NoVa Caps, RMNB, THW]
  • Fresh off his 45-save performance, Vitek Vanecek is raising eyebrows as he takes full advantage of the opportunity before him. [WashTimes, THW]
  • Which Capitals have gotten off to a strong start through the season’s first six games? [S&S]
  • Rankings of power among the 31 teams. [The Score, NBCSW]
  • It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Connor McMichael, who went from taking silver at the World Juniors to quarantine to the taxi squad to Sunday’s NHL debut. [NBCSW]
  • Wrapping up Week 2 of NHL action. [Caps Outsider]
  • A pair of games against a former coach and a future Hall of Fame blueliner playing his former team are just a few of the storylines for the week ahead. [NHL (and again)]
  • Part of what has made Alex Ovechkin great is his longevity - especially when compared to his peers. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 63rd birthday to Mark Taylor.