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Wednesday Caps Clips: Grubi’s Hour

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Blue Jackets come calling on Thursday to kick off the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here’s what you need to know.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Congrats to Philipp Grubauer, whose patience, persistence and preparation plus some stellar netminding down the stretch have earned him the Game One starter’s cage as the Caps embark on their 2018 quest for Lord Stanley. [WaPo, NHL (and again), NBCSW, SI, Sporting News, theScore, NoVa Caps]
  • “It’s a privilege,” sez Grubauer. [WTOP]
  • “We’re on the same team here, on the same page and trying to accomplish the same goal,” sez Braden Holtby. [NBCSW]
  • “Trust me, it was not an easy decision,” sez Coach Trotz. [@TarikNBCS]
  • The team held its first full postseason practice. T.J. Oshie returned to the second line but it looks like Jay Beagle may still be out for at least Game One. [NoVa Caps, WaPo]
  • The Jackets also held their first postseason practice. Captain Nick Foligno returns, and rookie Sonny Milano sits, at least for this first game. [jackets.nhl (and again)]
  • Previews, getcher previews here. [NBCSW, TSN, NHL Tonight (video), NHL, ESPN, DC Puck Drop, Fanrag Sports]
  • “This series has ‘slobberknocker’ written all over it.” [theScore]
  • A preview in review? The Jackets look back at their 4-game season series vs the Caps. [jackets.nhl]
  • Get to Know...
  • ... Nick Foligno [Rink]
  • ... and Sergei Bobrovsky [Rink]
  • Sizing up the centermen. [Union and Blue]
  • What about the wingers? [Union and Blue]
  • Whose blueliners are better? [Union and Blue]
  • Torts vs. Trotz, who ya gotz? [Union and Blue]
  • X-factors - for Columbus, it’s Pierre-Luc DuBois. For Washington, Andre Burakovsky. [THN]
  • ... or maybe Devante Smith-Pelly. [WaPo]
  • Four reasons to despair. [WashTimes]
  • Five keys to a ‘Lumbus victory. Key number four - don’t take the Tom Wilson bait. Heh.[jackets.nhl]
  • Five keys to a Caps victory. [Fansided]
  • We know, Nicklas Backstrom, we know. [RMNB]
  • Related: Maybe this time. [FTW]
  • Finally, happy 67th to Ron Jones, happy 48th to Trevor Linden and lordy lordy, Ben Clymer’s forty.
  • One more: