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2008-09 Team Preview: Washington Capitals

Updated: October 3, 2008, 10:59 PM ET
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Alex Ovechkin and the Caps will try to build upon their playoff appearance from last season.

OUR EXPERT'S TAKE By Scott Burnside

The Capitals, a la the Pittsburgh Penguins, have moved rapidly from irrelevant afterthought to Cup contender, thanks largely to a number of top draft picks who have matured quickly into elite NHL players, starting with Alexander Ovechkin and including Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom ...

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