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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews abound as the Caps and Pens head towards another playoff matchup.

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  • Six things we were talking about yesterday when we were talking about the Caps. [Rink (morning, afternoon)]
  • Time to meet some of these Penguins, starting with Jake Guentzel. [Rink]
  • Previews and predictions are out in full swing as the Caps and Pens prepare for their second round matchup. [SBN, ESPN, NHL.com, WaPo, Peerless, NoVa Caps, Stars & Sticks, Frankovic, THW]
  • Once again, the Caps' path to the Cup is being blocked by those pesky Penguins. Time to run them over. [AP]
  • And once again, it's Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby. [NHL.com, Reuters, CBC]
  • The pressure is heavily on Ovechkin to finally beat Crosby and get out of the second round. [NHL.com]
  • Five players to watch in this series. [CSNMA]
  • Two very similar teams, two very similar systems - breaking down the X's and O's. [Pensblog]
  • The series could come down to special teams... [Post-Gazette]
  • ...or to the netfront presence. [Tribune-Review]
  • In just his second year with his new team, Brooks Orpik got to face his old one; a year later, he gets another shot. [Tribune-Review]
  • Eight under-the-radar players who could make a difference in the second round. [USA Today]
  • We'll never get a Caps-Pens Stanley Cup Final (or at least not anytime soon), so this will have to do. [Pensburgh]
  • Are the Presidents' Trophy-winning Caps the underdogs? [THW]
  • The Penguins are perfect, the Caps are not. We get it. [WashTimes]
  • This is a rematch a year in the making for the Caps, and they're ready. [WashTimes]
  • They're also a much better team than the one that lost in six last year to Pittsburgh. [WaPo]
  • Hey, if you feel like reliving last year (and the eight other series that came before, feel free. You can also walk on glass or sit on a cactus - same effect. [Pensburgh, Tribune-Review, Post-Gazette]
  • Facing off against a similarly speedy Maple Leafs team will serve the Caps well against the Pens. [WaPo]
  • Speaking of that first-round series, lots of people in the DMV tuned in to watch the Caps wrap things up against Toronto. [WaPo]
  • Caps-Leafs featured five overtime games, or almost a fifth of the record-high 18 first-round games requiring extra time - and that could take its toll. [AP]
  • More leftover observations from an action-packed Round 1. [NHL.com]
  • Lars Eller knows that the Leafs' success in the first round hinged partly on fellow Dane Frederik Andersen stepping up for his team. [BT Hockey]
  • RIP, Leafs. [Puck Daddy (via our own Jason Rogers)]
  • He may be known for his goal-scoring prowess, but Tom Wilson is also able to occasionally make an impact with his physical presence. [WUSA9]
  • After missing half of the opening round, Karl Alzner is on the mend... but not quite ready for action. [NHL.com, CSNMA]
  • Alzner knows that with salary cap issues and his impending UFA-ness, this is possibly his last playoff run with the team that drafted him. [WaPo]
  • Hear from coach and team after yesterday's practice. [Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, locker room)]
  • While a mending Alzner participated in practice, Lars Eller did not due to a maintenance day. [WaPo]
  • Meanwhile both Wilson and Ovechkin left practice early after blocking a shot and breaking a skate, respectively. No panicking, they're both fine. [CSNMA (and again and once more]
  • Ovechkin's agent has a special place in his heart for the team that employs his client. [WaPo]
  • Both the Caps and their ECHL affiliate Stingrays are through to the next round; with a win tonight, the Bears could join them. [NoVa Caps]