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News and notes as the Capitals [27-23-9, 63 points] visit the Florida Panthers [22-29-7, 51 points] tonight at BB&TCenter [7 p.m. Caps Central, CSN]:

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The Capitals will begin their post-Olympic stretch run with Braden Holtby between the pipes and, presumably, Marcus Johansson back in the lineup.

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Two years ago, in their only season under Dale Hunter, the Capitals needed to go 10-4-3 in their final 17 games to grab one of the two final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference  

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With Jack Hillen’s return to game action still in question, the Capitals have recalled left-handed defenseman Julien Bouillette from the Hershey Bears and had him join them on their flight to Flor

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Veteran center Mikhail Grabovski is working for the Capitals under a one-year, $3 million contract with a no-movement clause. He is due to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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