Capitals edge the Jets in pre-season play, Senators name Jason Spezza team captain, Taylor Hall adjusts to center, Joffrey Lupul’s partying days behind him, plus the latest on the Canucks, Flames and Canadiens.

WINNIPEG SUN: Evander Kane scored twice in a losing cause as the Jets fell to the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout during their pre-season opener in Belleville, Ontario.

Jason Spezza (center) is formally introduced as the Senators new captain.

Jason Spezza (center) is formally introduced as the Senators new captain.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators yesterday announced Jason Spezza as their new team captain. Chris Phillips and Chris Neil will be the alternates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise in this announcement, as Spezza was considered the favorite for the role. It’s a good choice, as Spezza has blossomed among the club’s leaders in recent years. He’s also the most media-savvy and is currently the face of the franchise.

EDMONTON JOURNAL:  Taylor Hall is adjusting to his new role at center.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul has put his partying past well behind him.

VANCOUVER SUN: New Canucks forward Brad Richardson enjoys third line chemistry with Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen.

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak listed several candidates (including Mark Giordano, Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross) for the Flames captaincy.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: It was a full house (21, 273) for an “informal scrimmage” by the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

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