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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Panthers Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: previewing tonight’s Caps-Cats matchup, evaluating Sammy’s young NHL career and more.

Washington Capitals v Florida Panthers Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Ilya Samsonov is about to hit 50 NHL appearances in his career, so take a look at what we know and what we don’t know so far about the young netminder. [Rink]
  • Previews and other important information for tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers from Vogs, Peerless, and NoVa Caps, and don’t forget to follow along with our SB Nation pals Litter Box Cats for coverage from behind enemy lines.
  • Notes from yesterday’s practice, including a positive update on Nic Dowd. [NoVa Caps, Caps video (Coach Laviolette, Kuznetsov, Dowd), RMNB, S+S]
  • Speaking of Laviolette, he has no worries about 36-year-old Alex Ovechkin’s high usage to start the season. [NBCSW]
  • Conor Sheary is quickly proving to be a vital part of the Washington Capitals roster. [WHN]
  • Vitek Vanecek was handed quite the opportunity at the beginning of this season, and he has not wasted it. [NBCSW]
  • Recapping the last week as a whole for the Caps. [THW]
  • If you, for some reason, only want to watch three Capitals games this season, make it this trio. [S+S]
  • The Hockey News released their first NHL power rankings of the season — where do the Caps fall? [THN]
  • Take a behind-the-scenes peek at how Anthony Mantha, and his dog Millie, settled into DC life. [Caps]
  • Finally, happy 43rd birthday to Rick Berry!