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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: a victory against the Sabres, praise for Nicklas Backstrom, season-wide trends in a COVID-shortened season and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The second Vibe Check of the season is here, so make sure you give it a read to stay updated on how every aspect of the Capitals’ game play has been. [Rink]
  • The Capitals’ defense is…Good™? [Rink]
  • Assorted recaps and musings from last night’s victory over the Sabres from the Rink, WaPo ($), Vogs, Caps video (Laviolette, Sheary/Vanecek, Wilson/Backstrom, recap, condensed game), NHL, NBCSW (and again), NoVa Caps, RMNB, Peerless, Buffalo News, AP, TSN, and Die By The Blade.
  • Nicklas Backstrom is nearing both the 700 career assists plateau and the 1,000 NHL games mark, but he has other goals in his sights. [Athletic ($)]
  • Check out Rink alum Sammi Silber’s latest piece on how COVID-19 could potentially weigh on the NHL postseason. [PHT]
  • Justin Schultz and Conor Sheary, two former Penguins, have proved to be excellent offseason additions to the Washington lineup. [NoVa Caps]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov conducted an interview with Russia’s Sport24 with insight into what led to the Caps Russians landing on the COVID protocol list and about his experience with COVID-19. [RMNB]
  • Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Nicklas Backstrom is off to a hot start. [NBCSW]
  • Caps prospect Aliaksei Protas had a big outing for Dinamo Minsk, his KHL team, yesterday, and he is ready to prove he belongs in the NHL. [NoVa Caps]
  • Five weeks into the NHL season, some interesting trends are beginning to emerge. [Sportsnet]
  • If you’re planning on tuning in for the Lake Tahoe outdoor games this weekend, take note of a change in start time for Sunday’s tilt. [NHL]
  • Luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot released a new watch yesterday in honor of Alex Ovechkin’s incredible career. [NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • Sportsnet’s latest NHL power rankings are out, give the list a read to see where the Caps landed this time around. [Sportsnet]
  • Former NHL goaltender and current TSN analyst Jamie McLennan gave some insight on what goalies do to face elite goal scorers. [TSN]

Finally, some happy cellies to start your day off right: