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Sunday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Islanders Game 3 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps and Isles prepare to throw down at high noon as the Caps hope to avoid a 0-3 hole, lineup changes could be in the offing and more.

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders - Game Two Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The state of your nation’s Capitals. Time to get real, folks. [Rink]
  • Three things we were talking about yesterday in the aftermath of Game 2. [Rink]
  • The legendary founder of Japers’ Rink stops in to chat with the JRR crew about Game 2 and Reirden’s future. [Rink]
  • Previews of a pivotal Game 3 from Vogs, NHL, ESPN, NBCSW, Newsday, NoVa Caps, and as always be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey.
  • Once upon a time (like four months ago) the Caps were, at the very least, a lethal offensive team. So far, however, the Isles have neutralized that offense. [WaPo]
  • Hear from some of the Caps and their head coach after yesterday’s “time to regroup” practice. [Caps video (Reirden, Hagelin, Dillon/Oshie)]
  • Reirden alluded to some possible line changes ahead of today’s game; here are some potential options he could go with. [NBCSW, Caps Outsider]
  • The good news is that Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice for at least part of yesterday’s practice - but no word yet whether he’ll be in the lineup. [NBCSW]
  • The hockey world was abuzz yesterday over Tuukka Rask’s decision to leave the bubble and be with his family - but T.J. Oshie, his teammates, and the Isles all understand the decision. [NBCSW, NY Post, Newsday]
  • A few leftovers from Friday night’s loss (if you must). [NBCSW, Islanders, NY Post, RMNB, StarsandSticks]
  • These two teams met in the postseason five years ago - and at least one side is having trouble moving on from the past. [Islanders]
  • The Isles’ depth is showing (such as it is). [THW]
  • So what have we learned through the first two games of this series? [StarsandSticks]