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(3) Washington Capitals VS (6) New York Rangers (Schedule in Post #1)
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04-27-2013, 09:50 PM
Glen Sathers Cigar
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Best PP in the NHL.
Top 5 offense
Ovechkin is currently the best healthy player in the world.
Backstrom is a top 10 center.
Brouwer has 2nd most goals after Ovie the past month IIRC.
Riberiro is a PPG elite playmaking center
Erskine crease clearing D-man.
Much better depth: Erat, Laich, Johansson, etc.
Their defense is far better than ours without Staal. Green, Carlson, Alzner > McDonagh, Girardi, Del Zotto.
Holtby has .930+ sv percetange past 2 months.
25-10-2 their last 37
It'll be a series only because of Lundqvist, otherwise they'd probably sweep us.
They were only mediocre early the year because Oates new coach and he implemented the same system the Devils had. The same system last year that ousted our team in the playoffs. The same system that wore out all our players. Same system that got Torts heavily outcoached.
Best goalie in the NHL.
Top 5 Defense.
Rick Nash is good at hockey and Brad Richards is starting to look good.
Derek Stepan, Brad Richards, Derick Brassard are our top 3 centers. Not a Boyle to be found.
Derek Stepan hasn't gone two consecutive games without scoring since March 3rd IIRC.
Derek Stepan is a PPG elite playmaking center (this year anyway).
John Erskine? Why is he even in your argument?
Depth? players not in our top 6 : Derick Brassard, Ryan Clowe, Taylor Pyatt, Brian Boyle. Dorsett will hopefully be back too. Depth is not an issue for us.
McD, G, DelZ > Green, Alzner, Carlson
Henrik Lundqvist >>>>>>> Holtby . Holtby is good but if either team should be worried about the opponent's goalie, it's not the Rangers.
We are 20-13-3 in our last 37...more importantly 9-3-1 since the trade deadline when our team's complexion changed.
The Caps are the hottest team in hockey and they will be a very tough test. But to say we're going to lose before it even starts...come on man.
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