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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps capture another Metro Division crown.

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  • We have a nice little chat about potential playoff matchups, predictions and more in our latest Rink Roundtable. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s division-clinching win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Reirden, locker room, recap), NHL, AP, NBC Sports, WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes, Habs (with more), Montreal Gazette (and again), Frankovic, Peerless, NoVa Caps, RMNB, StarsandSticks, All Habs, and EOTP.
  • They know what it’s like to win the whole thing, but that doesn’t mean another Metro Division title is meaningless to the Caps. [NBCSW]
  • He’ll shrug it off as usual, but teammates and fans alike are free to marvel at just how consistently excellent Nicklas Backstrom has been. [Caps]
  • Having potted his second game-winning goal in the last four games, Nic Dowd appears to be gearing up for the playoffs. [Caps Outsider]
  • Also gearing up for the playoffs? Evgeny Kuznetsov, who seems to have found his scoring touch just in time for postseason magic. [NoVa Caps]
  • Which teams are on the rise and who’s falling as the playoffs loom? [ESPN]
  • The Caps are using the last gasp of the regular season to tinker with the defensive pairings in hopes of filling in for the loss of Michal Kempny. [WaPo]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s pregame skate. [Caps video (Reirden), Caps Outsider]
  • More and more people are jumping on board the “Ovechkin can catch Wayne Gretzky’s goal total” train, aren’t they? [Global News]
  • Identifying the potential weaknesses of each playoff-bound team. [THN]
  • Gauging the impact of deadline acquisitions Carl Hagelin and Nick Jensen. [StarsandSticks]