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Wednesday Caps Clips: Let The Games Begin

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The second round sked is official, alternatives to the Sid and Ovi Show, systems study and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The schedule is out at long last and the puck drops Thursday night at 8:00pm Eastern. [Rink]
    • Related - The League missed an opportunity to not miss an opportunity with their crummy playoff seedings. Everyone agrees this series is happening seven games too soon. [S&S]
  • Welcome to the Sid and Ovi Show!  Or not - Alex Ovechkin reminds us that this series will be contested and decided by teams, not individuals. [CSNMA]
    • That narrative is old and busted anyway. Here's some better storylines - like whether Nick Bonino or Braden Holtby has the better beard. And the Tom Wilson vs. Any Penguin That So Much As Looks His Way rivalry has promise. [Pens Labyrinth]
    • And (sigh) there's always the Traitor McBackstabber Eric Fehr Playing Against His Former Team narrative. [WaPo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, RMNB]
  • Systems chatter:
    • Pens are preparing for a more disciplined, more physical Capitals squad... [WaPo]
    • ... but will the Caps be ready for PenguinsSpeed™? [CBS PGH]
    • ... and why does Ovechkin always have a shooting lane on the power play? [HB]
    • Stupid successful Caps' power play. [TribLive, penguins.nhl.com]
    • Breaking down the Pens' breakout vs. the Caps' forecheck. [Pensburgh]
    • This article on Shayne Gostisbehere in Round One is included here because it demonstrates Barry Trotz's systems skills. [CSNPhilly]
    • Three lessons learned and some room from improvement for the Caps from Round One... [WaPo]
    • ... and here's 60 seconds of all the Pens' goals from Round One. [The Pensblog]
  • Players and programs:
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's practice out at Kettler:
  • Miscellany:
    • Coach Trotz spoke with Tommy McFly on 94.7 Fresh FM about the Caps, the playoffs, and his work with the Best Buddies program. [94.7 Fresh FM]
    • John Carlson became a video coach while he was rehabbing his lower-body injury earlier this season. [WaPo]
    • DO NOT MOVE KUZNETSOV. [@Infamous_2056, theScore]
  • Finally, happy 28th birthday to Semyon Varlamov. and happy 29th birthday to Taylor Chorney.