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Regardless of the road the Caps choose, it could be an interesting couple of days in the other nation’s capital. Though Washington has selected a player who filled a specific need with its first-round pick in recent years, expect the Caps to stick to the traditional “pick the best player” strategy this weekend.

“It is important to take the best player,” McPhee said. “You’d rather have a left winger who can play than a center who can’t.”