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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Hurricanes Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Time for a rematch in Raleigh.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Scouting and ranking the potential first-round opponents awaiting the Caps. [Rink]
  • Previews of the regular-season series wrap with the ‘Canes from Vogs, NBCSW, NoVa Caps, Canes, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners at ‘Canes Country for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • At the ripe old age of 33, the ageless Alex Ovechkin is on the cusp of yet another 50-goal season. [WaPo, AP, NBCSW, StarsandSticks]
  • It’s been an up and down season for the team under first-year coach Todd Reirden, but he managed to stay balanced. [NBCSW]
  • Opinions are mixed in the Caps’ locker room about Carolina’s “Storm Surge” celebrations... although they’re probably all united in not wanting to see one tonight. [NBCSW]
  • A few leftovers from the first half of this home-and-home series with the ‘Canes. [Caps, Canes Country]
  • It might be time for Reirden to shuffle up those defensive pairs. [NBCSW]
  • With Michal Kempny down and out, the Caps will look to another deadline-day acquisition in Nick Jensen to help stabilize things on the blueline. [WaPo]
  • Get the latest on the ever-changing playoff picture. [NHL, NBCSW]
  • Chatting with local girls hockey coach Emily Wilde as part of the NHL’s celebration of Gender Equality in Hockey month. [Caps]
  • The Bears have turned their season around and are soaring up the standings thanks to contributions by some of the Caps’ top prospects... [NHL]
  • ...and thanks to rookie coach Spencer Carbery. Is he a Coach of the Year candidate? [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 47th birthday to Jan Benda, and happy 61st to Looooouuuuuu Franceschetti.