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Wednesday Caps Clips: Shuffling the Deck

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s battle with the Red Wings from Vogs, (and again), AP, Peerless, and Caps Outsider, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Winging it in Motown for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Check out who’s up, who’s down and who’s en fuego (or not) as we break down the week that was. [Rink]
  • News and notes from Kettler as the road-weary Caps returned home:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Ward, Burakovsky, Backstrom, Wilson)]
    • The big news on the ice yesterday? Another line shake-up, which saw Barry Trotz move Nicklas Backstrom off of Alex Ovechkin ‘s line for the first time this season. [WaPo, CSNW (and again), WashTimes, RMNB.
    • That shake-up also makes room for Tom Wilson to make his season debut, as the Caps have recalled him from Hershey. [WaPo (and again), WashTimes, CSNW, Caps OT]
    • And here’s what the lines look like in all their 8-bit glory. [Rink]
    • The kid who nobody drafted is now the kid who nobody wants to send down, as Liam O`Brien‘s unlikely story grows longer by the day. [CSNW]
    • Injury updates on a couple of the other walking (or hobbling) wounded. [WaPo]
    • Analytics are all well and good, but at some point Trotz wants his players to forget about Corsi and just play. [, PHT]
  • Elliotte Friedman does his usual bang-up job with this week’s 30 Thoughts, which are full of Caps-related info… [Sportsnet]
  • …and after you’re done reading 30 Thoughts, read thoughts on those thoughts. And then give us your thoughts on the thoughts on the thoughts. [The Score, BrooksLaichyear]
  • The Post crew weighs in on which Caps newcomer has had the biggest impact on the team so far this season. [WaPo (video)]
  • Updates from down on the farm:
    • Bears’ practice was left in the hands of the assistant coaches yesterday, while head coach Troy Mann headed out to take his U.S. citizenship test. [Patriot-News]
    • Chris Brown talks about his return to Hershey after a few weeks in the NHL, and about his beloved Michigan Wolverines. Poor guy. [Patriot-News]
    • Congrats to Caps’ prospect Travis Boyd, who was named Big Ten hockey’s first star of the week. [StarTribune, Gopher Sports]
  • Video of the Caps at their Canine Calendar photo shoot might actually put us all over our adorableness quota for the season. [Monumental video]
  • As suspensions start to ramp up once more, Down Goes Brown reminds us of some of the dirtiest “clean” hits in NHL history. Who’s shocked that Dale Hunter makes the list? Anyone? Anyone? [Grantland]
  • USA Hockey catches up with Virginia, Minnesota-native and new Caps’ defenseman Matt Niskanen. [USA Hockey Magazine]
  • Hockey Fights Cancer!
    • Read the inspiring story about the young girl who dropped the puck in Sunday’s ceremonial faceoff in Vancouver… [RMNB]
    • …and about how Anze Kopitar helped one fan battle cancer. [PuckBuddys]
    • Get another look at the beautiful Hockey Fights Cancer masks that Braden Holtby and Justin Peters will be sporting tonight, and get those checkbooks ready – they’ll be auctioned off at intermission. [Monumental video, Caps OT]
  • Happy 55th birthday to Mike Gartner, happy 36th to Chris Corrinet, and happy 70th to Stan Gilbertson.
  • Finally, sending healing thoughts and good wishes to Gordie Howe, who is resting after suffering a serious stroke. Get well soon, Mr. Hockey. [Detroit News, Puck Daddy, WaPo]
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