Sunday Caps Clips: Caps @ Rangers Game Day

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of today's game against the Rangers and much more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of today's brawl on Broadway from Vogs, NHL.com, and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation brethren over at Blueshirt Banter for more from the other side of this evening's match-up.
  • Will the Caps be fishing or cutting bait on the fifth day of April? The debate is getting spirited:
  • The Hershey Bears continue with a rough start to their long roadie, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Manchester Monarchs. But congrats to captain Boyd Kane, whose goal in the first period earned him his 500th AHL point (and 100th goal with the chocolate-and-white). [Patriot-News, SHoE]
  • Joey Crabb cleared waivers and is expected to join the Bears in Worcester. [Patriot-News, @ScottStuccio]
  • Congrats are also in order for the Reading Royals, who beat the Toledo Walleye 3-1 yesterday and, by doing so, secured the regular season Eastern Conference Championship. [@RRoyals]
  • Meanwhile, in Prospectville:
  • The Boston College Eagles and Patrick Wey fell short at the Hockey East championship tourney, losing 6-3 to Boston University in the semifinal. Their season is not over, however, as they are expected to receive an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament to defend their title. [College Hockey News]
  • The RedHawks of Miami also fell in the semifinal round of the final CCHA tourney, losing to Michigan 6-2, but should also receive a NCAA tournament slot. Riley Barber was held scoreless. [Journal-News]
  • However, Thomas DiPauli and Austin Wuthrich will be contending for the Mason Cup at 2:05pm today after Notre Dame beat Ohio State 3-1 to advance to the CCHA Finals. [CCHA]
  • Tom Wilson's Plymouth Whalers and Jaynen Rissling's Calgary Hitmen are each up 2-0 in their first-round playoff series.
  • Filip Forsberg is reported to be recovering/recovered from a stomach aliment. He hasn't scored since the first game of the Kvalserien, four games ago. [dt.se (link in Svensk)]
  • And Evgeny Kuznetsov was kept out of Traktor's final practice prior to the ECF for unspecified "health reasons", but did play in Game 1. He scored the game's first goal on the powerplay, but was held off the scoreboard after that and Ak Bars beat Traktor 2-1 in overtime.
  • Finally, happy 58th birthday to Doug Jarvis.
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