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The Caps could finish it all tonight, the other half of the coaching change is announced, and offseason moves are being contemplated.

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The Washington Capitals are on the cusp of securing their first ever Stanley Cup. Of course, they still have to win the game tonight to do so, and the Vegas Knights will assuredly be doing everything in their power to stop that from happening. The odds may be against the Knights overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the series, but nothing about that team has followed expectations. Why would they start now?

On the other hand, the Capitals have looked pretty invincible. They have a high-powered offense and everyone is contributing on defense, making life simpler for goaltender Braden Holtby. Holtby, for his part, is giving a potentially Conn Smythe-worthy performance and has enjoyed a net that has seamingly shrunk to half size for the Knights after Game 1. For my money, the Caps train is going to keep on a rollin’.

Wild News

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Minnesota Wild genera manager Paul Fenton opted not to renew the contract of former assistant coach John Anderson and in turn named Dean Evason as a new assistant coach.

On Frozen Pond

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Off the Trail

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With the end of the NHL season on the horizon, the trade season is just about to begin. Here, we explore 24 players whose names are sure to pop up and could be on the move this summer.

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On the surface, it feels crazy that the leader of the Washington Capitals’ best self is also a lame duck coach.