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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Digging a little deeper on that bunch of jerks.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Catch up on the key talking points on everyone’s mind yesterday. [Rink]
  • Get to know Petr Mrazek and Sebasitan Aho. [Rink (Mrazek, Aho)]
  • It hasn’t happened often in recent years (and we all know who the last team was to do it), but the Caps have a shot at going back-to-back. [WaPo]
  • They know what they need to do to accomplish just that, and their captain in particular is hungry for another Cup. [SI, NHL]
  • Most of last year’s roster is back, but the Caps’ two playoff rookies may be the key to another long run. [WaPo]
  • Standing in their way are a bunch of jerks - and old pal Justin Williams - who are ready for the challenge and aren’t to be taken lightly. [NHL, WashTimes, StarsandSticks]
  • The Caps are certainly not doing that - but they are confident that they can win. [NBCSW]
  • As of right now, one of last year’s heroes of the Cup run will not be on board for this year’s playoffs. [WashTimes]
  • Hear from the Caps’ coach, captain, locker room and GM ahead of their first-round series with Carolina... [Caps video (Caps365, Reirden, Ovechkin, MacLellan]
  • ...and hear from the enemy bench boss on facing the defending champs. [Charlotte Observer]
  • Previewing the first round in the East. [The Score]
  • Breaking down the special teams battle between the Caps and ‘Canes. [NoVa Caps]
  • Even Stanley Cup heroes have car trouble, people! [1067 The Fan]
  • Ranking the 16 playoff teams in order of their likelihood to win the Cup. [USA Today]
  • Ranking the 16 playoff teams in order of their forward groups. [ESPN]
  • Ranking the 8 playoff matchups in order of “hype” level. [ESPN]
  • Some “experts” weigh in on hockey things ahead of the playoffs. [CBS Sports]
  • If you missed it last night and have 16ish minutes to spare, check out the Caps puppy playoffs featuring adorable doggos and all the canine puns you can handle! [NHL]
  • Finally, happy 55th birthday to Rick Tocchet.