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Tuesday Caps Clips: Prepping for the Playoffs

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Get all the playoff previews you can handle, plus injury updates and more.

NHL: FEB 10 Islanders at Capitals Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • It’s time to get to know some of the enemies on the Islanders’ bench. [Rink (Barzal, Pulock)]
  • Previewing the opening series between the Capitals and Islanders... [NHL, NoVa Caps]
  • ...and widening the focus to the entire Eastern Conference and the first round as a whole. [NHL, ESPN, AP, Rotoworld, NoVa Caps]
  • Look back at a long, often bitter and sometimes violent playoff history between the Caps and Isles. [LHH]
  • Current and former teammates and coaches agree that Ilya Kovalchuk is still like a big, talented kid - and now that 37-year-old kid has a shot at a Cup. [WaPo]
  • Both of the head coaches want you to know that this series isn’t Todd Reirden vs. Barry Trotz (...but come on, it kind of is). [NBCSW]
  • Braden Holtby used the pause as an opportunity to fix some things in his game - and now he’s getting hot at the right time. [NBCSW, WashTimes]
  • After missing all of the round-robin tournament with a leg injury, John Carlson is “making some steps in the right direction”. So... yeah. [NHL, NBCSW]
  • Lars Eller is back in the bubble and could be cleared by tomorrow, but not having skated in a week may keep him out of the lineup for at least a game. [NBCSW]
  • News and previews from the other side. [Newsday (and again), NY Post (and again)]
  • Hear from coach and players after Monday’s practice in Toronto. [Caps video (Reirden, Oshie, Backstrom/Orlov)]
  • Another round of COVID tests, another complete absence of positive tests. Here’s how the NHL has kept the bubble intact (so far). [ESPN]
  • A few leftovers from Sunday’s round-robin finale. [Caps]
  • Finally, take one last look back at an eventful - if not exactly successful - round-robin tournament:

Bring on the Islanders.