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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Panthers Game 1 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps kick off their playoff quest in South Florida as Game 1 awaits, Ovechkin appears to be back, and much, much more.

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NHL: Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • You are now Peter Laviolette - and you have a decision to make about who skates alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Who do you pick? [Rink]
  • Three things we were talking about yesterday as we awaited the Caps’ 2022 playoff debut. [Rink]
  • Get to know more of the Panthers. [Rink (Marchment, Giroux)]
  • Previews of Game 1 and Round 1 from Vogs, the Panthers, Japers’ Rink Radio, Peerless, and be sure to swing by our SB Nation pals over at Litterbox Cats for the opposing view throughout the series.
  • Sounds like Alex Ovechkin is ready to go for Game 1, which is not at all surprising but definitely welcome news. [NHL]
  • Regardless of Ovechkin’s status, the team’s other forwards need to step up if the Caps have any chance of moving past the Panthers. [THW]
  • Laviolette is keeping his goalie decision close to the vest, leaving the situation in net very much up in the air ahead of Game 1 [NBCSW, WashTimes]
  • Whoever he chooses, does that need to be The Goalie for the entire run? Some say yes (obviously forgetting 2018). [WaPo]
  • The Caps have some experience being the Presidents’ Trophy winners, and faltering early. They’re looking to be the ones that take down this year’s winner. [NBCSW]
  • In fact, they’re just fine going into this series with the underdog label attached to them. [WJLA7]
  • Breaking down the captain’s sparkling postseason numbers. [The Sporting News]
  • News and notes from the final Caps’ practice before they hit the road for Florida. [Caps video (Laviolette, Oshie, Kuznetsov), NoVa Caps]
  • How the Caps can win - and lose - against the Florida Panthers... [NBCSW]
  • ...and five reasons why they will lose. [S&S]
  • The Eastern Conference is a murderer’s row of teams, and the path to the Cup through it will not be an easy one. [AP]
  • One major question for each of the 16 playoff teams as the postseason gets underway. [USA Today]
  • A look at some of the top storylines for this year’s playoffs. [PHT]
  • Fans of teams not going to the show are hitching up the bandwagon (or just making their predictions). [BSH, DBtB, WiiM, EOTP, Nucks Misconduct]
  • More predictions on how this opening round will go from a scout, a coach, and an NHL exec. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Happy 65th birthday to Rod Langway and happy 45th to Jeff Halpern, and raise a glass to the memory of Robbie Moore, who passed away earlier this year and would have been 68 today.
  • Go get ‘em, boys.