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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It’s a jam-packed schedule for teams trying to make the cut as the qualifying round gets underway, the Caps get positive Carlson news and more.

Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

Your all-day-hockey breakfast links:

  • We weigh in on what lies ahead for the Caps in the upcoming round-robin tournament. [Rink]
  • Talking the Caps’ exhibition victory over Carolina, the goaltending situation, and the qualifying round on the latest JRR episode. [Rink]
  • The Caps were mercifully spared having to take part in the qualifying series, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have rooting interests - so who’ve you got in each of the Eastern series (besides the meteor)? [Rink]
  • GM Brian MacLellan spoke to the media about contract negotiations, injury updates, and life inside the bubble. [Caps video]
  • From the good news angels: While he didn’t skate on Thursday, it sounds like John Carlson is doing okay and isn’t expected to miss any games. Whew! [NHL, NBCSW]
  • As suspected, Ilya Samsonov’s injury occurred before camp (and off the ice, yikes) - but he should be ready for the 2020-21 season. Whenever that is. [WaPo]
  • We #Kneel4Hockey because they don’t. [#Kneel4Hockey (Twitter), NBCSW]
  • Taken a break from hockey for the last 4-6 months, or just have some questions about the upcoming playoffs? Wysh has got you covered. [ESPN]
  • Previewing a busy day of hockey as the eight of the 16 qualifying teams kick off their best-of-five series. [NoVa Caps]
  • Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are in no rush to discuss a new contract for the captain, opting to wait until after the playoffs. [NHL]
  • Sounds like both the Caps and Brenden Dillon are also interested in extending their relationship after the season - but negotiations will have to wait for him, as well. [NBCSW]
  • Here’s one reason why every team won’t (and will) win the Stanley Cup. [PHT]
  • And if they do win it, here’s every team’s potential Conn Smythe candidate. [The Score]
  • Count Gary Bettman as another fan excited to watch Alex Ovechkin’s pursuit of Wayne Gretzky’s record. [NBCSW]
  • David Pastrnak clears up some of the confusion around the truest thing he’ll ever tweet. [NBCBoston]
  • The box office at Capital One Arena isn’t exactly busy these days, so starting yesterday it was given a new purpose. Place your bets! [ESPN, Casino.org]
  • Finally, this is very important:

Hockey in August. What a world.