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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Game 1 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews and predictions as Round 1 gets underway.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • For the Caps to have success this spring, they’ll need their next generation of homegrown stars to step up. [Rink]
  • Get to know Pierre-Luc Dubois. [Rink]
  • Previews of Game 1 from Vogs and NBCSW, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at The Cannon for the other side of the series.
  • Hear from some of the team and the coach after their last pre-playoff practice. [Caps video (Trotz, Burakovsky, Rinkside Update/Gruauer)
  • Previewing the Round 1 series against the Blue Jackets. [Rink, NBCSW, NoVa Caps, RMNB, The Cannon (and again)]
  • Predictions, predictions, predictions. [FiCP, RMNB, THW]
  • This series could be decided by each team’s Russian superstars. [AP]
  • The focus for the Caps will be on getting high quality shots over quantity. [WaPo]
  • The Caps are expecting a physical, feisty series. [WaPo]
  • But they’re definitely eager to get going. [NoVa Caps]
  • A guide for the bandwagon-jumpers out there. [BSB]
  • Breaking down the goalie matchup. [NHL]
  • Philpp Grubauer has just one playoff game under his belt - but it was a big one. [Caps Outsider]
  • In hindsight, perhaps we have George McPhee to thank for not taking Grubauer in the expansion draft. [NBCSW]
  • The Caps are ready to make another playoff run; could this be the year? [NoVa Caps]
  • Sergei Bobrovsky has struggled in the postseason in the past, but he’s relaxed and ready this year. [Dispatch]
  • With an expiring contract, Barry Trotz’s future with the team could be decided by this playoff run. [WaPo, WashTimes]