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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It is go time.

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Your entitled to nothing links:

  • The Rink radio'd it up with John Walton, discussing pivot production. [Rink on the Radio]
    • Get to know 40 goal-scorer Michael Raffl... [Rink]
    • ...and rookie phenom defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere . [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's Game 1 action between the Caps and Flyera from Vogs, NHL.com, and Stars and Sticks, and be sure to check out the fabulous folks...er, I mean our mortal enemies over at Broad Street Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Coach Barry Trotz understands the history. But that was then, and this is now, and he's ready to go make a little history of his own. [Globe and Mail]
    • Related: Confident Capitals are confident. [Sun Media]
    • They are also balanced, on and off the ice. [WaPo]
    • Oh, and they are guided by a pretty great general manager. [WaPo]
    • Speaking of history, here's your handy Capitals playoff postmortem blog post set up and ready to go. Copy and paste is your friend, friend. [Fox Sports]
    • Ten reasons for hope and panic. [CBS DC]
  • News and notes from yesterday's final pre-playoff practice:
  • Bask in the glory of series previews from across the land. [CSNMA, Capitals Report (video), NHL.com, THN (podcast), philly.com, Peerless, NatPo, S&S, Caps Outsider]
    • Ranking the goalies. [ESPN $]
    • Andre Burakovsky , it is your time to shine... [THN]
    • ... and even though Evgeny Kuznetsov broke out in last year's playoffs, it is time for him to break out yet again. [CBS Sports]
    • Reviewing the Caps/Flyers regular season series by zone play. [BSH]
    • Understanding the Caps at even strength. [BSH]
    • The key for Philly is definitely special teams... [philly.com]
    • ... unless the key is shutting down the Alex Ovechkin line... [philly.com]
    • ... I mean you do have a plan for stopping Ovi, right? [Courier-Post]
    • ... but maybe it'll be Jaroslav Halak wearing that Steve Mason uni. [philly.com]
    • Sizing up the Flyers special teams. [RMNB]
  • For all Caps loyalists in and around New York City, there is one heck of a fan group making waves. NYC Caps Crew is your source for meet-ups, watch parties, awesome Caps shirts and patches, and general fun-and-merriment. Check 'em out! (P.S. I hear they have a Craig Laughlin drinking game. Count us in!) [NYC Caps Crew]
  • With the Caps and Flyera set to renew playoff acquaintances, it calls to mind what happened the last time they met - 8 years ago. [NVC]
  • Got your crystal ball ready? Good, so do these people: 
    • Caps in 5. [Daily Herald, Sverige Radio, CSNMA]
    • Caps in 6. [TSN.ca]
    • Caps in 7. [Chat Sports]
    • Caps or Hawks, who ya got? It's Mike Wilbon and Mr. Tony, so it goes about as well as you'd think. [ESPN]
    • The Caps fare pretty well in this hybrid Fancystats/Eye Test playoff predictor widget. [THN]
    • We'll see how they fare in the official calls department, seeing as how the blue-line camera seems to still need work. [CBS Sports]
  • Justin Williams is known as Mr. Game Seven, Mr. Perfect, and now Mr. Popular For An Interview On The Eve of the Playoffs. Here's the latest. [ESPN]
  • The Ice Cheetah had some thoughts. [NBC4 (video)]
  • Braden Holtby shares some of his favorite places in DC. [Washington Life]
  • Nate Schmidt sets us non-Minnesota natives straight. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 49th birthday to Alain Cote and happy 53rd to Paul MacDermid.