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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Lightning Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Back to the Bay. Bring on the Bolts.

Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Seven Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s long-awaited Caps-Bolts throwdown from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Raw Charge for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Tonight’s rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final is really a measuring stick game for both teams. [NHL]
  • It’s also been a long time coming, and thanks to the scheduling, will be the first of three meetings in the next two weeks - a mini playoff series, if you will. [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • Brett Connolly’s stellar season continues, and the Caps are benefiting. [NBCSW]
  • How similar is this year’s Lightning squad and the 2015-16 Capitals? [NoVa Caps]
  • Tonight’s game kicks off a tough final stretch for the Caps. Pedal to the metal, boys. [NBCSW]
  • Nic and Paige Dowd have wasted no time getting involved with the local autism community, and created Dowd’s Crowd to allow autistic children and their families to attend hockey games. [Caps]
  • The high cost, tremendous commitment and lack of exposure in inner cities has proven to be a barrier to diversifying hockey - but some dedicated individuals are trying to change that. [AP (and again)]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday’s win in Philly. [Caps, BSH (with pictures), RMNB, StarsandSticks]
  • Remember the last time the Caps were in Tampa? Yeah... us too. /happy sigh [StarsandSticks]
  • The Caps’ dynamic duo of Ovechkin and Backstrom will get name-checked in tomorrow night’s season premiere of the Showtime series “Billions”. [WaPo]