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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Senators Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps look to clinch a playoff spot once and for all as they hit the ice in Ottawa, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's capital clash from VogsNHL.comAPOttawa CitizenStarsandSticks, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Silver Seven for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • With their playoff fate in their own hands, the Caps are exactly where they want to be. [WaPoSporting News]
    • As the Caps look to lock down a playoff spot, the Senators are keeping their faint postseason hopes alive. [Ottawa CitizenOttawa Sun]
  • All about the man of the hour, the legend in the making, the Caps' all-time leading scorer... Alex Ovechkin. [WaPoESPNPuck DaddyMontreal Gazette
    • There's no question about it, Ovechkin is a changed man. [Sportsnet (30 Thoughts), Journal de Quebec]
    • Checking in with Peter Bondra, whose 14-year reign atop the franchise scoring list has come to an end. [WaPoNBC4 (video)]
    • Records are made to be broken; will Ovechkin's ever be? [WaPoCSNW]
    • Individual accolades are great, but Ovechkin has his eye on team success. [StarsandSticks]
  • As awesome as Alex Ovechkin has been this year, the success of the 2014-15 Caps has been the result of a team effort. [NHL.comSporting NewsESPN]
  • Barry Trotz may have earned most of his 600 NHL wins outside of DC, but in his brief time with the Caps, his influence is noticeable. [WaPoCSNWTalk the Red]
  • For the first time in awhile, there doesn't appear to be one team head and shoulders above the rest of the pack - anything could happen. []
  • A few leftovers from Thursday night's big shootout win in Montreal, which moved the Caps into a slightly more comfortable playoff position. [PeerlessEOTPAll HabsPressbox DC]
  • News and notes from yesterday's optional skate in Ottawa:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz)]
    • After a bit of a secondary scoring dry spell, the Caps have now had a couple of multi-goal games from someone not named Alex Ovechkin (even as they've gotten them from Alex Ovechkin). [WaPo]
    • Dmitry Orlov is nearing his regular season debut, which means there are hopefully only positive things ahead. [WaPo]
  • Congrats to all 30 of the Masterton Trophy nominees, including the Caps' own Eric Fehr. [Puck Daddy]
  • Another look at potential - and favorable - playoff matchups. [Along the BoardsSCoCStarsandSticks]
  • As the Caps make their final push towards the postseason, who needs to step up? [CSNW]
  • Chimmer and Wardo return to talk about springtime! [CSNW (video)]
  • Finally, happy 35th birthday to Garret Stroshein, and happy 48th to Rob Murray.