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(3) Washington Capitals VS (6) New York Rangers (Schedule in Post #1)
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04-27-2013, 10:09 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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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.
The Caps offense centers around Ovechkin. He is their legit goal scoring threat. Backstrom can be very dangerous but he's more a set up guy. Ribeiro and elite--seems some kind of mismatching of player and definition--but again another set up guy.
Their defense is not better than ours and neither is their goalie. That doesn't mean that like last year Holtby won't play over his head again but no way in the world would I choose Green, Alzner, Carlson, Erskine, Hillen and Olesky over Staal, Girardi, McDonagh, Del Zotto, Stralman, Moore or even Girardi, McDonagh, Del Zotto, Stralman, Moore and Eminger.
If the Rangers contain Ovechkin they're not going to have a lot of offense. The Rangers can make life easier for themselves by staying away from the penalty box. If they do that I think the Caps are going to have a real problem creating offense. The Rangers d--especially if Staal is back is very good at containing scoring threats especially when the other team only has one guy to worry about and we've watched Ovechkin over the years go head to head with Staal, Girardi, McDonagh and have problems scoring goals or at all even when the Caps were deeper in other threats like when they had Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Semin and a more dangerous than he is today Mike Green.
The Caps may also have injury concerns. Brooks Laich did not play tonight. He's only played 9 games this year. He's been a key player for them against us over the years. Joel Ward did not play either. Jason Chimera only scored 3 times this season--none of this means that these guys are not going to be factors but anyone thinking or saying this is a far superior team is out to lunch. They are very beatable and hopefully that is exactly what our time will do--beat them.
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