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Friday Caps Clips: Eastern Conference Finals (!) Game 1 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Blogging the third round of the playoffs like it ain’t no thing.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Your Eastern Conference Finals start today savory breakfast links:

  • Full circle, friends - The Capitals have a chance to redeem some earlier playoff failures vs. the Lightning. Begone, foul spirits... [Rink, NoVa Caps]
  • ... and with all those former Rangers on the Bolts’ roster, oy. [WaPo]
  • WaPo beat writer Isabelle Khurshudyan and The Athletic’s Corey Masisak join Adam Stringham and Jon Press to break down the Eastern Conference Finals. [Rink Radio]
  • Previews of the series. [ESPN, SI, Peerless, CBC, Raw Charge, Caps Outsider, Sporting News, NBCSW]
  • Point - Statistically, the Caps don’t look like a true Stanley Cup contender. [WaPo (Greenberg)]
  • Counterpoint - No expectations, no worries. An idea so crazy it just might work. [WaPo (Svrluga), NatPo, NoVa Caps]
  • Matchups that could define the series. [TBT]
  • Four reasons the Caps could pull this out. [Caps Outsider]
  • Previews of tonight’s tilt with the Bolts from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, WashTimes, Peerless, NoVa Caps, Fox Sports, and be sure to swing by our SB Nation frenemies over at Raw Charge for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Injury update - Nicklas Backstrom skated on his own and did some stickhandling, but he is still questionable for Game 1. [ESPN,
  • Injury update - Andre Burakovsky skated with the team in a regular jersey, but his game status is also unclear. [WaPo, NoVa Caps]
  • Get to know forward Yannick Gourde. [Rink]
  • Nikita Kucherov is looking forward to a series vs. Alex Ovechkin. [AP]
  • Former Bolt Brett Connolly is ready. [WaPo]
  • All hail the Caps’ kiddies. [NBCSW, Peerless]
  • Say hey, Jeff Halpern!
  • Finally, happy 49th birthday to Todd Nelson, and happy 50th birthday to Per Djoos, former Red Wing/Ranger and the father of Caps defenseman Christian Djoos.