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Could the Capitals’ playoff run mark the end of an era? Your questions, answered.

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Greetings, Capitals fans. It’s the best time of the year, a time when you don’t know if you’ll be busy for a week or busy for a month — or more. The Capitals enter the Stanley Cup playoffs as the road team for the first time since 2012 — a strange set of circumstances for a franchise that has become accustomed to having expectations every spring, even if those expectations weren’t always met.

Samatha Pell, our ace Capitals beat writer, is in Florida and joined us for a chat after Tuesday’s morning skate. Game 1 is Tuesday night. There were so many things to talk about before this series against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Panthers — Alex Ovechkin’s health and who will be in net among them.

Here are some of the questions we answered:

Read the full chat below.

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Thomas Floyd, an editor for The Post’s Sports section, produced this Q&A.