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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews, predictions, and prognostications.

Bruce Bennett

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Rinkside Update, Oates, Ovechkin, Holtby, Hendricks, Erat, Alzner)]
    • Mike Ribeiro finds himself in a playoff frame of mind... [, CSNW, WaPo, WashTimes]
      • ... and thanks for asking but no, the contract issue is not a distraction. Not even a little tiny bit. [Edmonton Sun]
    • Lest you forget, Ribs isn't the only recently-traded player looking forward to the second season. Oh hai there Martin Erat. And yes, Rick Nash. [Free Lance-Star, WaPo]
    • The team is eager to see how their new systems (and new confidence in playing them) stack up against this familiar foe ... [WaPo]
    • ... and perhaps surprisingly, the ever-elusive puck possession metrics may not be as large a factor as might have been expected. [Ibid.]
    • It would surely help to have Joel Ward suited up and ready to go on Thursday. [NBC4]
    • Alex Ovechkin is bringing swagger back ... [AP Big Story]
    • ... with his goal-a-game form. [WashTimes]
    • For those of you planning for transportation to-and-from the Verizon Center, worry not. Metro loves you and wants you to get home even if the game runs late. [WashTimes, WaPo]
  • From the New York side of the series:
  • Caps-Rangers previews, scouting reports, etc:
    • They asked; we answered. [Total Sports Blog]
    • Haven't we seen you before? And you, and you, and ... [RtR, WaPo Express]
    • Four questions for a Rangers blogger ... [Caps Outsider]
    • ... and five for a Caps blogger. [NY Rangers Blog]
    • Contenders, not pretenders. Ask anyone! [CSNW]
    • Bandwagons Ho! [Grantland]
    • The two biggest matchups in this series. Go on, guess. [BLS]
    • Ten factors that will shape the playoffs. [USA Today]
    • Crystal ballin' the Western Conference. [Peerless]
    • Jeepers, creepers. Where'd you get those sleepers? [SportsNet]
  • Predictions and previews:
  • Ten reasons why Adam Oates was the perfect hire. [Homer McFanboy]
    • Exhibit A - that power play. [Dump 'n' Chase]
    • Exhibit B - that awful, awful first week of February ... and what came after. [Ibid.]
  • Everything you thought you knew about season's-end hot streaks is probably ... well, just go read. [Peerless]
  • GMGM on Ovi, Oates and more. [CSNW]
  • The Hershey Bears Hockey Club welcomed Tom Wilson to Chocolatetown, and Connor Carrick has signed an ATO so he can also join in the post-season fun. [Patriot-News (and again and again), WashTimes]
  • The Reading Royals dropped Game Six 2-1 to the Florida Everblades, which means the decisive Game Seven takes place tonight. [Caps Outsider]
  • There is one more Caps prospect with some free time, as defenseman Jaynen Rissling and his Calgary Hitmen were eliminated in Game Seven of the WHL Eastern Conference Championships. [Victoria Times-Colonist]
  • Make a wish - and just maybe Brooks Laich will help make it come true. [Caps Outsider]
  • Here's your daily call to beardly charitable action. [Beardathon]
  • Finally, happy 43rd birthday to Reggie Savage and happy 52nd to Clint Malarchuk.