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Saturday Caps Clips: Rangers @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing today's final regular season game, looking ahead to a first-round date with the Isles and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • It's official: the Caps will face the New York Islanders in the first round. Bring it on. [RinkLighthouse HockeyWaPoCSNWSportsnetThe ScoreNewsday]
  • Previews of the final game of the season against the Rangers from VogsNHL.comWaPoPeerlessNY Daily NewsAPStars and Sticks, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of today's matchup
    • The Caps will continue to be without Jay Beagle , Eric Fehr and Tom Wilson as they wrap up the regular season. [WaPo]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinRinkside Update/Kuznetsov)]
    • With just one game to go, the Caps are feeling confident about where they are heading into the playoffs. [CBS DC]
    • They should be confident, because they could potentially make some noise once the postseason gets underway. [CBS DCToo Many Men on the Site]
    • 24 hours ago, the Caps - like all of us - were keeping an eye on both the Islanders and the Penguins to see if that first-round matchup would be set. Spoiler: it was. [RinkCSNW]
  • Braden Holtby: Still really, really good. [Pressbox DC]
  • Playing all 82 games in a season is an impressive feat, and Matt Niskanen and Marcus Johansson will be achieving it for the first time today. [WaPo]
  • Sounds like Stanislav Galiev and Andre Burakovsky will wrap up the regular season and then make the trek back to Hershey for the Bears' playoff push. [CSNW]
  • Looking at how the Caps have done in close, playoff-type games this year. [Rink]
  • A number of Caps will be looking for new deals come the offseason; which ones will re-sign with the team? [CSNW]
  • Get a glimpse at Caps' prospect Christian Djoos. [Stars and Sticks]
  • All 30 teams get their report cards for the final quarter of the regular season. [CBS Sports]
  • RIP, high-scoring hockey games. [Covers]
  • What a difference a year makes. [RMNB]
  • The Wizards and Caps have conspired to be good at the same time. The end is nigh. [RinkWaPo]
  • Ah, but don't worry - here's a reminder of just how bad the Caps once were. [Bleacher Report]
  • Get your official #RocktheRed swag now... or just judge those who do. [WaPo]
  • After a season of memorable moments, get ready for the best of the cutting room floor from Chimmer and Wardo. [CSNW]
  • Finally, happy 27th birthday to Ben Clymer, happy 64th to Ron Jones, and happy 45th to Trevor Linden.