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Friday Caps Clips: A Murky Playoff Picture

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A few leftovers from Wednesday's blanking of the B's, the Caps await their first-round opponent and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The playoff picture is starting to take shape! Except it is not really doing that at all:
    • Last night the Senators stunned the Rangers with two goals about a minute apart to stay alive in their insane push for the playoffs... []
    • ...while the Bruins fell yet again, this time to the Panthers, and are now on the outside looking in... []
    • ...which is no longer true of the Islanders, who clinched a playoff spot and will duke it out with the Penguins tonight to (possibly) see who draws the Caps in the first round. I'd tune in. [Islanders Point]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday's big win against the Bruins. [Dump 'n ChaseWaPoWashTimes]
    • Ah, the ol' "let the rookie take the ice first while the rest of the team stays in the tunnel" gag. Classic. [WaPoPatriot-News]
  • On Braden Holtby and workload. [WaPoRMNB]
  • Holt-by! Holt-by! Holt-by! [Ted's TakeTHW]
  • Three things that have to happen for the Caps to win the Cup. Beyond the 16 obvious ones, of course. [StarsandSticks]
  • Checking in on Chocolatetown:
    • With last weekend's 2-0 blanking of Norfolk, the Bears set a new franchise record for shutouts with ten - an impressive feat for a club that's been around over three-quarters of a century. [Patriot-News]
    • 2014 first-round draft pick Jakub Vrana has officially joined the Hershey Bears, and has no plans to return to Europe any time soon. [Patriot-News]
  • Flashing back to one of the top-scoring defenders in Caps' history, Sergei Gonchar. Woop woop... [StarsandSticks]
  • The rare and glorious DC sports team hat trick o' wins. Behold the unicorn-like splendor! [WaPo]
  • Happy 45th birthday to Enrico Ciccone.
  • Finally, don't forget to register for the DC Hockey Analytics Conference this Saturday, featuring superstar celebrity statheads (including a few of our very own). [Rink]