These teams are quite used to each meeting each other in the playoffs and up until last season, the Caps always had the Rangers number. The Caps against the Blueshirts features one of the league’s best offenses against one if it’s most stubborn defensive teams. There are superstars in this series. LW Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals and G Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers are top ten players in the league. This series has seven games written all over it. It’s going to be tightly contested as both teams will try to shutdown the other and score enough to win.
The Rangers Could Be That Team.
Last year that team was the Los Angeles Kings. In the last NHL shortened lockout season that team was the New Jersey Devils. This year’s version of the New York Rangers shares many similarities with those teams – Great goaltender, stingy team defense and strong second half to season to name a few.
The Caps Want To Be That Team.
Much like the Canucks and Sharks in the West enter the playoffs with remnants of playoff failures past somewhere in the back of their subconscious minds, so do the Washington Capitals. The Caps have been favoured before only to lose disappointingly in first or second round series. The Caps would like to be that team that proves you can overcome playoff failures. The Bruins of 2011 proved it can be done and this season’s Caps under rookie head coach and hockey hall of fame member Adam Oates will try to prove it once again.
These Teams Will Have To Play It Tight.
This is going to be a good one. There is recent history in this one. For the Caps to win they will have to play a shutdown brand of hockey and rely on their more dynamic offense to get the necessary goals needed to be the first team to four wins. For the Rangers to win they will have to play their hard nosed, shot blocking, defensive style to perfection. And Lundqvist will have to be their best player. He’s used to that.
Rangers in 5.
As easily as the Caps could win this series, recent history suggests they will fall short to a more battle hardened Rangers team with Henrik Lundqvist in net. The games will be close but the series won’t be.