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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Penguins Game 1 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Here we go again.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Get to know Conor Sheary and one of the newer Penguins, Derick Brassard. [Rink (and again)]
  • Previews of tonight’s series opener from Vogs, and be sure to check out our SB Nation rivals over at Pensburgh for the other side of the series.
  • The Penguins will be without forwards Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin for at least Game 1... [NHL, WaPo, NBC Sports, NBCSW, Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review]
  • ...while Andre Burakovsky remains out for the Caps, although he could return this series. [NHL, WashTimes]
  • The Caps are actually super pumped about this matchup. [WaPo]
  • Hear from the team and the coach after their first pre-Round 2 practice. [Caps video (Caps365, Trotz, locker room)]
  • Not everyone has been through this whole Caps-Pens thing - the Caps have some first-timers waiting for their first taste of the rivalry. [WashTimes]
  • Now that the Bruins and Leafs have wrapped up their series, the schedule for the rest of Round 2 is out. [CBS Pitt]
  • It’s time to put the “Alex Ovechkin doesn’t show up for the playoffs” nonsense to rest. [Caps Outsider]
  • Previews and more previews: key matchups, key storylines, and just general keys to the series. [NHL (and again), WaPo, AP, NBCSW, Peerless, NoVa Caps (and again), Pensburgh, Tribune-Review]
  • Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the most backhanded compliments ever shoved into an article! [Post-Gazette]
  • Everything’s the same, but also different. [Post-Gazette]
  • The rivalry with the Caps allegedly brings out the best in Sidney Crosby. K. [Tribune-Review]
  • Get out the ol’ crystal ball - it’s prediction time. [NHL (and again), ESPN, Dispatch]
  • Just how can the Caps beat the Penguins? Here’s how. [ESPN]
  • The goalies getting set to face off on the ice tonight share a little friendship off it. [NHL]
  • If the Caps are going to get past the Penguins, they’ll need Braden Holtby to maintain his stellar play from the first round. [WaPo]
  • In order to exorcise the demons, you must relive them... but only if you really want to. Like, really want to. (Ed. Note: We don’t recommend it.) [ESPN]
  • After missing the playoffs for just the 13th time in franchise history, changes are coming behind the bench for the Hershey Bears. [WaPo, Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps]