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Caps Today, 4/29/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals will practice today at 11 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

The 2012-13 NHL regular season officially ended yesterday. The Capitals (#3) will open the 2013 NHL Playoffs at Verizon Center on Thursday, May 2, against the New York Rangers (#6).

This will mark the third consecutive season that the two teams will matchup in the playoffs, and the fourth time in the last five seasons. In their history, the Capitals have faced the Rangers in seven series and have won four of them. In 41 playoff games against New York, Washington is 22-19, including going 13-7 on home ice during that span.

The Capitals will host Game 1 and Game 2 before heading to New York for Games 3 and 4. If necessary, Washington would also host Game 5 and Game 7 with New York hosting Game 6.  


Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump ‘n Chase: Caps, NHL Announce First-Round Schedule

Washington Post: Adam Oates led Washington Capitals to Stanley Cup playoffs with unwavering outlook / Washington Capitals set to face New York Rangers in NHL playoffs once again / Capitals Insider: 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs: Capitals-Rangers first round schedule / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin captures Rocket Richard Trophy

Washington Times: The tale of Steve Oleksy: Entrepreneur, college baseball player, NHL defenseman / Capitals Watch: Capitals playoff schedule: Rangers series starts Thursday / Capitals Watch: Steve Oleksy: More on his incredible journey to Caps

Washington Examiner: Capitals-Rangers Eastern Conference semifinals preview / Healthy Mike Green showing his stuff for Capitals / Loose Pucks: Stanley Cup playoffs schedule: Caps vs. New York Rangers

CSN Washington: Stage is set: Rangers visit Caps on Thursday / Caps countdown Part 1 / Revisiting feuds between Caps and Rangers

NHL: Capitals vs. Rangers Series Preview / Five Questions: Caps must handle better competition / Why the Capitals will win the Stanley Cup / X-Factor: Backstrom at center of Capitals success / First looks: Breaking down Round 1 matchups / Ovechkin caps furious finish with third Richard Trophy

ESPN: First-round preview: Caps-Rangers Capitals To Open Postseason Against Rangers Thursday / Capitals Playoff Opponent Primer: New York Rangers / Capitals/Rangers: A Postseason Retrospective

WNST: Will Ovechkin and Caps Avenge 2012 Series Loss to Rangers?

Yahoo! Sports: Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013: 16 people facing the most pressure in NHL postseason
PennLive: Comebacks from 0-2 deficits in best-of-five Calder Cup series: List / Hershey Bears F Peter LeBlanc tied for AHL playoff scoring lead / Epic performance by Hershey Bears G Philipp Grubauer backstops Game 2 overtime win over Providence Bruins
Ted’s Take: Coffee – Perhaps the World’s Most Important Product / RIP Bill Shapland, Hoya Saxa / Unplug to be creative / First Round Playoff Preview / Next Baltimore Hockey Classic to Take Place September 17th  / Uplifting Story / Caps vs. Rangers / About That Lack of High-End Talent
Capitals Outsider: Brooks Laich Grants a Wish / Capitals Participate in Beard-A-Thon

Injury Update
D Tom Poti – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day
F Joel Ward – day-to-day