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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking ahead to the start of Round 1 for the Caps and around the League.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • It’s time to meet the enemy. [Rink (Werenski, Panarin)]
  • Hear from the boys and the coach after an optional pre-playoff skate. [Caps video (Caps365, locker room, Trotz)]
  • Sounds like the Blue Jackets will have their captain back in time for Thursday’s Game 1. [TSN]
  • Barry Trotz knows who his Game 1 netminder will be... but he’s not telling us. Or the goalies. [WaPo]
  • If it’s Philipp Grubauer, the Caps will have one of the best goalies of late in their corner - unfortunately they’ll be facing another of the best. [RMNB]
  • Five reasons to feel optimistic about this year’s playoff run... [WashTimes]
  • ...and why they won’t win the Cup. Woo! [PHT]
  • Five factors that could decide the Caps’ playoff fate (beyond the usual “we can’t have nice things in DC” factor). [WaPo]
  • From scouring YouTube videos to sneaking into rinks to watch late-night practices, Evgeny Kuznetsov has honed his own flair from years of studying the world’s best players. [WaPo]
  • Kuznetsov headlines a new class of Russian superstars ready to take on the bigger playoff stage. [SI]
  • Previewing the special teams battle and the battle battle. [Peerless, NoVa Caps, FiCP]
  • One question for every one of the 16 playoff-bound teams. [National Post]
  • John Tortorella is the WORST and to be able to narrow it down to just five of his moments is really impressive. [NBCSW]
  • Competition for end-of-season awards has been tough this year, but the Caps should probably be getting more love than they are. [NBCSW]
  • An analytical look at each of the first-round series that you’ll hate to read, so don’t. Or do. Whatever. [TSN]
  • Looking ahead at some of the storylines for the first round. [NHL, Newsweek, Detroit News, National Post]
  • Predictions, predictions, predictions. [NHL, AP, USA Today]
  • Michal Kempny has been quite the bargain-bin pickup for the Caps. [NoVa Caps]
  • Scanning the Metro on the eve of the eve of the playoffs. [Pensburgh]
  • For some reason the NHL decided it was important that we all know they’ll move next year’s All-Star Skills to Friday night and the game to Saturday, so... there you go. [AP]
  • The regular season has come to a close for the Stingrays, who finish with a franchise-high 48 wins and now face Orlando in Round 1. [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 48th birthday to Enrico Ciccone.