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(3) Washington Capitals VS (6) New York Rangers (Schedule in Post #1)
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04-27-2013, 10:30 PM
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6th seed sounds a lot better than 7th or 8th. Not particularly scared of Washington. They have quite a lot of holes, they only ended the season on a hot streak. I'm just tired of playing them every year.
It adds to our rivalry. That said, I like the fact that we beat them last year. Got the monkey off our back, proved to themselves they can beat the Capitals. That's one positive going into it.
That said, Ovechkin is back to being... Ovechkin. He is going to be an absolute game breaker, and as good as McDonagh is, I'd be a lot more comfortable with Staal in the line up. He is going to give our team fits.
Green is back in old form. Backstrom and Ribiero have been solid for the better part of the season. Holtby, he isn't a great goaltender, but he had a strong season for the Capitals.
In net, I'll go with Lundqvist ten times out of ten. But in series past we haven't been able to truly test Capitals goaltenders. Whether it was Holtby or Neuvirth or Varlamov. We just don't test them. And while I think we have better defense, I don't think it's enough to make up for the significant edge the Capitals have in game breaking goal scorers.
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