New York Rangers (58-24-7) at Washington Capitals (50-29-12)
|Date & Time||Monday May 4, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Capitals 0 / New York Rangers 0 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Capitals and Rangers square off in DC on Monday night as the series shifts back to Washington for the next two all knotted up at a game apiece.
The New York Rangers rebounded after dropping the series opener at MSG last week and while they almost let game two out of their grasp they did enough to grab a big win and now take to the road to face off against a Caps team who hasn't had overwhelming success in their own building so far. The Blue Shirts are the reigning President's Trophy winners and a favourite to win the Stanley Cup but this series with the Caps is much more than either team faced in the first round as they know each other extremely well and are set for a long, entertaining show down that is poised to be settled in seven games. Henrik Lundqvist has started every game in these playoffs and hasn't had one bad outing to his name and he will square off against Braden Holtby who has been inconsistent at times but certainly holding up his end of the bargain on the whole.
The Capitals in my mind have been the better of the two teams so far in this series and now heading back to the Verizon Center they have a great chance at taking a hold of things with the next two slated in DC. Washington went to seven in the opening round against the New York Islanders but this is a much different team as the Rangers are stacked in the defensive zone and possess one of the game's best goalies and Washington's approach has been a lot more on wearing down the New York blue line and trying to take advantage on special teams. Getting the Rangers at plus money is always a tempting wager but I think Washington gets the better of them here as I think their own blue line will make the difference in the end and give the Caps the series advantage.