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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Bruins Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Chara gets ready to face his former team as the Caps host the Bruins, a lot of lineup unknowns remain for both teams ahead of tonight’s game and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s collision course between Zdeno Chara and his former team from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, AP, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Stanley Cup of Chowder for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Chara is still very close with his now former teammates - but that friendship takes a backseat to the game (and none of his friends wants to poke the bear). [The Score, AP, NBCSW, Boston Globe ($), NESN]
  • So just how has Chara performed with his new team and very best friends in DC? [PHT]
  • After undergoing offseason hip surgery and missing the first two weeks of the season, Bruins’ sniper David Pastrnak looks ready to make his debut. [MassLive, Boston Herald, Boston Globe ($), The Score, NESN]
  • The Caps’ lineup is a little less concrete, as the four players in quarantine are now considered day-to-day pending negative COVID tests (and Laviolette’s mood). [NBCSW]
  • Also day-to-day? Justin Schultz, who took a slapshot off the face toward the end of Thursday’s game. [NBCSW]
  • COVID absences. Injuries. A new coach. So far, none of it has slowed the Caps, as they pick up points in each of their first eight games for the first time ever. [WaPo, THW]
  • Over the offseason, GM Brian MacLellan was obsessively building up his team’s depth - and it’s paying off already. [NBCSW]
  • Some leftovers from that big come-from-behind win over the Islanders. [Caps, RMNB, S&S]
  • Breaking down the Caps’ shooting stats through their first eight games. [NoVa Caps]
  • Heading into Thursday’s game against the Isles, there were plenty of positives - and negatives from the first part of the season. [THW]