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The Narrative: Sid vs. Ovi, The Schedule, Orpik & Alzner

Three things we're talking about today when we're talking about the Caps

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1. Welcome to the series that the NHL is banking on to save these playoffs thanks to the marquee matchup.

And while Sidney Crosby wears the "C" as the Penguins captain, Eric Fehr is their Captain Obvious:

But Barry Trotz is right (as usual):

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2. So when's this thing gonna start anyway?

In sum, who the hell knows?

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3. Brooks Orpik skated with the team today for the first time since leaving Game 3 against the Flyers... but one of his blueline buddies wasn't out there:

Also, it looks like the swap of middle-six wings we saw in Game 6 is still a thing: