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The Narrative: Staving Time, Lineup Shake-Up and Optimism

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

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1. The Caps face elimination tonight and are as ready as they'll ever be:

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2. Desperate for a bit more offense, Barry Trotz has shaken up his lines:

Mike Richards was under the weather yesterday, but apparently will be available tonight, so expect him to center the fourth line, between Daniel Winnik and Tom Wilson

On the blueline, look for Nate Schmidt to draw back in with Mike Weber heading back to the press box.

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3. Optimism: because why not?