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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Rangers Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps prepare for a busy weekend as they host a matinee against the Rangers, Samsonov returns, Kempny skates and more.

NHL: OCT 18 Rangers at Capitals Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Vitek Vanecek has done everything asked of him and more - and while that may not win him the starting job, it should keep Ilya Samsonov on his toes. [Rink]
  • Previews of today’s matinee with the Rangers from Vogs, AP, Peerless, NBCSW, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of today’s matchup.
  • The Caps’ third line, man. So good. [WaPo]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s practice, which featured the return of Ilya Samsonov and a Michal Kempny sighting. [Caps video (Laviolette, Eller, Vrana, Samsonov), NoVa Caps, NBCSW]
  • With back-to-back games on the slate this weekend and his conditioning stint complete, Ilya Samsonov is back in town and ready to go. [NBCSW, NHL]
  • The Caps had to lean on Vitek Vanecek a lot early in the season, and not even they knew what they had in the backup-turned-starter. [NBCSW]
  • Let’s check in with how the greatest goal-scorer in the world has started the season, shall we? [Caps Outsider]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday’s win over Buffalo. [Caps, RMNB, S&S (and again)]
  • What lies ahead for the Caps as the rest of the season plays out? That and other pressing questions. [NBCSW]
  • Finally, happy 65th birthday to Rick Green, happy 73rd to Pierre Bouchard, and happy 46th to Brendan Witt.