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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps’ 2020 playoff journey begins (sort of) as they prepare to take on the Bolts, Carlson is hopeful to return for the game and more.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of today’s Caps-Bolts game from Vogs, NHL, AP, FLM, NBCSW, and NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Raw Charge for the other side of today’s matchup.
  • Updates from the team after their final pre-playoff practice. [Caps video (Caps365, Reirden, Oshie, Kuznetsov/Siegenthaler)]
  • Sounds like Steven Stamkos is not quite ready to return from his lower-body issue... [The Score]
  • ...while both Victor Hedman and John Carlson are “hopeful” for their respective squads. [NHL (and again)]
  • The Caps are focused on getting a good seed in the first round, but more importantly they’re using this round-robin time to fix the holes in their game. [WaPo]
  • Minnesota’s Matt Dumba has been a great ambassador for the Hockey Diversity Alliance (even if he and the rest of the HDA are doing the heavy lifting for the league). [PHT]
  • Vitek Vanecek has done plenty to earn his spot as the team’s backup goaltender. [RMNB]
  • But what is his future with the organization? [NBCSW]
  • Happy 52nd birthday to Bobby Babcock.
  • Finally, take a peek inside the bubble to see how the Caps’ first week in Toronto went: