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Monday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Rangers Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps head to NYC for the first of another home-and-home, looking ahead to playoffs, Tom Wilson rocks and more.

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s mini-series opener in Manhattan from Vogs, Peerless, STATS, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Exploring the decades-old rivalry between the Caps and Rangers. [NoVa Caps]
  • The Rangers have called for reinforcements, bringing up 2017 draftees Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson ahead of tonight’s game. [BSB, Newsday, NY Post, NYDN]
  • Tom Wilson continues to be much more than an enforcer for the Caps. [LWoH]
  • With seven games remaining, Alex Ovechkin sits six goals shy of 50... but if you think it’s out of reach, you haven’t been paying attention. [WaPo]
  • Now that the pressure of being a top contender is off, Lars Eller and the Caps are embracing being out of the spotlight as they head into the playoffs. [NHL]
  • The Caps will not have an easy road once they get to the playoffs... as if they ever do. [Sportskeeda]
  • A few leftovers from Saturday night’s win in Montreal. [Caps, EOTP, All Habs]
  • Nicklas Backstrom ‘s four-point night against the Habs just further underlines how important he is to the team. [NoVa Caps]
  • Backstrom headlines a quartet of centers who have provided consistency and all-important depth down the middle for the Caps. [Caps]
  • The week that was for team and division. [Peerless, All About the Jersey,
  • Congrats to Barry Trotz on his 200th win with the Caps! [Caps OT]
  • For just the 13th time in 80-plus years - and just the second time as a Caps’ affiliate - the Hershey Bears have officially been eliminated from the playoffs. [Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Robin Bawa.