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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Islanders Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: After a brief respite, the Caps are back at it kicking off what could be the biggest three-game stretch of the season.

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The boss joins the JRR team for the latest episode where they talk about the Caps’ play so far, Nicklas Backstrom’s legacy and more. [Rink]
  • Michael Raffl is ready to give it his all with his new team in their push for the playoffs. [Rink]
  • Previews of the first of three for the Caps against the Isles from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, NBCSW, Newsday, Reuters, and the Islanders, and as always be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey or the Uniondale side of the rivalry.
  • Tonight’s game kicks off a huge series for the Caps and Isles, as the fight for first heads into the season’s final ten games. [LHH, THW, WashTimes]
  • Marcel Dionne currently sits one goal ahead of Alex Ovechkin on the all-time list - and he still thinks Ovechkin has a shot at Gretzky’s record. [NHL]
  • A look at what the Caps have done in April so far and what lies ahead in the final eight days of the month. [S&S]
  • Shaking out the race for the Presidents’ Trophy, with a handful of teams all within shooting distance of this year’s title. [NoVa Caps]
  • Checking in with Peter Laviolette and red-hot Anthony Mantha after yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Laviolette, Mantha)]
  • For Mantha, going from the last-place Red Wings to the Caps has been like night and day. [RDS]
  • While other new Cap Raffl made his full practice debut yesterday, his official debut remains unknown. [NBCSW]
  • Finally, happy 26th birthday to Madison Bowey, happy 27th to Chandler Stephenson, happy 60th to Bob Mason, and happy 77th to Bob Paradise, and raise a glass to the memory of Peter Zezel, who would have been 56 today.