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The Narrative: Playoff-Ready, Carlson, and Banged-Up Blueliners

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

NHL: Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
  1. The 2017 postseason kicks off for the Capitals this Thursday, and they’re feeling very well prepared for the rigors and style of playoff hockey this spring:

2. Part of playoff success is staying healthy, so there was cautiously optimistic news out at Kettler today on the injury front:

3. Not so much on the Toronto side of things, as the Maple Leafs are suddenly dealing with a battered blueline:

Toronto, like the Caps, has had relatively good luck in the injury department over the course of the season... that is until both Nikita Zaitsev and Roman Polak were injured in their final regular-season outing against Columbus. That’s left a few holes in their defense, which now looks something like this...

...and makes this news particularly good for Leafs fans: