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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The journey begins.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Get to know a few more ‘Canes. [Rink (Faulk, Ferland)]
  • Three things we were talking about yesterday when we were talking about the Caps. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s series opener against the ‘Canes from Vogs, NBCSW, AP, FLM, NoVa Caps, StarsandSticks, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Canes Country for the other side of the series.
  • After years of doubt, the Caps go into this postseason knowing what it’s like, and what it takes, to win. [WaPo]
  • Some of the Caps’ new additions on and behind the bench are looking to experience what their teammates got to do last spring. [Caps]
  • If you ask the “experts”, of course, that’s unlikely to happen... although to be fair, none of them saw last year coming, either. [WaPo]
  • After keeping it clean all season following his lengthy suspension, all eyes are on Tom Wilson as the intensity ramps up for the playoffs. [WaPo]
  • Here’s hoping he can stay on his best behavior, because his presence makes the Caps a better team. [THN]
  • Hear from the gang after their last pre-playoff practice. [Caps video (Caps 365, locker room, Reirden)]
  • Previewing the entire Caps-Canes series. [NBCSW, Canes Country, Svenska Fans, NHL.cz]
  • The Caps have their eye on a repeat, even if history and math both tell us that it will not be easy. [WashTimes]
  • It wasn’t all that long ago that people were questioning whether Alex Ovechkin was washed up; several 50-goal seasons and a Conn Smythe later, the answer is STILL no. [NBCSW]
  • After sitting out the first two games of last year’s run, Braden Holtby is ready to take the lead for the Caps this spring. [NHL]
  • The ‘Canes may come into this series as the slight underdogs against the champs, but they say they don’t feel like they are. [WaPo, Charlotte Observer]
  • Fans in the Triangle are ready to go nuts for their ‘Canes after a lengthy playoff drought. [News & Observer]
  • Get your piping hot Round 1 predictions right here! [Rink, Caps Outsider, USA Today, Die by the Blade, Nucks Misconduct]
  • Take one last look at the regular season with 10 stunning stats from the past year. [NBC Sports]
  • What to expect from the defending champs and more in this week’s mailbag. [NBCSW]
  • Did your team miss the big show? Hop on board the bandwagon! [EOTP, BSB, BSH]
  • Finally, happy 68th birthday to Ron Jones, happy 49th to Trevor Linden, and happy 41st to Ben Clymer.