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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 1 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The postseason is finally underway with the Caps hosting the Leafs in Game 1 tonight. Let’s do this.

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  • Has another stellar season put Braden Holtby in the running for a second-consecutive Vezina Trophy? [Rink, CBS Sports (Radio - Winnik)]
  • It all gets underway tonight! Previews of Game 1 between the Caps and Leafs from Vogs, WaPo, AP, StarsandSticks, and Peerless, and be sure to check in - tonight and throughout the series - with our frenemies over at Pension Plan Puppets for all of the coverage from the Toronto side.
  • Previews, predictions and prognostications. [Dump 'n Chase, NHL, The Score (and again), Puck Daddy(and again), PHT, CBS Sports, CSNMA (and again), RMNB, FRS, Caps Outsider, Peerless, StarsandSticks]
  • Five players to watch. [CSNMA]
  • Get to know Connor Carrick and Morgan Rielly. [Rink (Carrick, Rielly)]
  • A look at some of the potential hidden risks for the Caps in the playoffs. [RMNB]
  • Sounds like John Carlson is good to go for tonight. [WaPo, CSNMA]
  • Not so much for Toronto's Nikita Zaitsev, who is out for at least Game 1 and possibly more with a mystery injury. [CSNMA, Toronto Sun]
  • Alex Ovechkin is a pretty smart dude, and he says that the Caps are ready to get it done. []
  • As is often the case in the playoffs, though, the Caps will likely need more than just their top two lines scoring. [NY Times]
  • Luckily the Caps have a number of weapons that could prove problematic for the Leafs, weapons that go beyond just #8. [Sportsnet]
  • Among those is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who may be the key for the Caps and will be looking to rebound from a rough 2016 postseason. [WaPo]
  • Jay Beagle is going to be tasked with becoming Auston Matthews' shadow. [National Post]
  • Continued power play success would be good, too, and taming Alex Ovechkin is going to be a tall order for the Leafs. [Toronto Sun]
  • The Caps are also hoping their experience will lead them over a young, fresh-faced Toronto team. [RDS]
  • After another amazing season - perhaps the best yet - the Caps enter the playoffs weighed down (allegedly) by the expectations surrounding them. [WashTimes]
  • That's definitely something Toronto coach Mike Babcock (and the majority of Toronto media) wants you to believe... [Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, National Post, Globe and Mail, Tip of the Tower]
  • ...but the Caps ain't buyin' it. [CSNMA, Sportsnet, Toronto Star]
  • He may be facing his childhood team in front of friends and family, but Toronto native Tom Wilson isn't taking any time to be nostalgic. [WaPo]
  • Emotions are high for everyone right now... especially for us fans. [NoVa Caps]
  • It may spoil the funny, funny jokes of other fans, but here's the truth: a lack of playoff success doesn't mean the Caps are chokers. [WaPo]
  • Barry Trotz made a tweak to the team's penalty-killing unit - take a closer look at the change. [WinnersView]
  • As much as any sports team can "deserve" a championship, these Caps really do deserve a Stanley Cup. [WaPo]
  • They're also in a pretty good position as far as the underlying stats go. [FRS]
  • "Why not?" sayeth Kevin Shattenkirk, and sayeth us. [WaPo]
  • Notes and pictures from practice as the boys prepare to do battle. [Monumental video (Trotz, locker room, Holtby, Rinkside Update/Winnik), NoVa Caps]
  • This weekend, the District belongs to Alex Ovechkin and John Wall as the Caps and Wizards kick off their respective postseason runs. [WashTimes]
  • T.J. Oshie, then and now. [Caps Outsider]
  • Chatting with Caps 2016 draft pick Dmitri Zaitsev. [THW]