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Monday Caps Clips: Postseason Focus

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It’s time to defend that Cup.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • It’s time to get to know the enemy - learn a little more about Dougie Hamilton... [Rink]
  • ...and get reacquainted with old friend Justin Williams. [Rink]
  • Breaking down the season series numbers from the four games between the Caps and ‘Canes this year. [Rink]
  • The schedule is out for Round 1 and the Caps get underway this Thursday at Capital One Arena. [Rink, Caps, NBCSW]
  • Previewing the opening battle between the Caps and ‘Canes, longtime rivals turned first-time playoff opponents. [NHL, NoVa Caps, WashTimes, StarsandSticks]
  • The Caps may have taken all four games in the season series, but don’t be fooled - the ‘Canes could be a tough matchup. [RMNB]
  • That said, the Caps aren’t looking past their opponent; they’re ready for them. [WaPo]
  • They’re ready, and they are hungry to repeat. [NHL]
  • After a rookie season behind the bench that led to another Metro Division title, Todd Reirden now faces his first real test: the postseason. [WashTimes]
  • It’s the best time of the year - playoffs, baby. [AP]
  • John Carlson is really, really good and should at least be in the Norris discussion. [Sideline Observer]
  • Take a look at some of the storylines that will dominate this postseason, including the Caps’ quest for two. [NHL]
  • Six reasons why the Hurricanes are a good first-round matchup for the Caps. [NBCSW]
  • Winners and losers as the first-round matchups fell into place. [USA Today]
  • Get out the ol’ crystal ball - it’s time for predictions! [NHL, Sporting News]
  • So far everyone seems to be on the Tampa bandwagon... but they’re not unbeatable. Here’s who could beat them. [USA Today]
  • Inside the life of Tom Wilson, the NHL’s most hated man. [AP]
  • The final week of the regular season that was. [Peerless, Pensburgh, All About the Jersey]
  • Reviewing the Caps’ fourth quarter of the season. [NoVa Caps]
  • A few leftovers from Saturday’s meaningless (and goalless) game against the Islanders. [Caps, StarsandSticks, RMNB]
  • Thanks for stopping by, Nate! [Caps]
  • Congratulations to the Hershey Bears and the South Carolina Stingrays, both of whom punched their own tickets to the postseason yesterday! [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, tonight at 7:00, tune in for the can’t-miss event of the pre-postseason: PUPPY PLAYOFFS.