Eastern Conference 2nd Round Preview

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins

This is what the hockey world dreams about. Two of the worlds best players, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin square off in a battle for the ages. The Capitals enter the second round after fighting off a young but exciting Toronto Maple Leafs in 6 games. Washington is coming off its second Presidents trophy in a row and the favorites to finally take home Lord Stanley. Sidney Crosby will have something to say about that, as he has many times before. The Penguins are 8-1 all time in the playoffs  versus the Capitals. This series will be as physical as they come. Who ever can win the powerplay battle will win this series. The Penguins went 5 for 15 (33.3%) and the Capitals went 5 for 17 (29.4%) in the first round.

New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators

In the first round the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins in 6 games. With many controversial calls and four overtime games the Senators pulled out a impressive first round win. Erik Karlsson, who is playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel, will still be on the ice for 26+ minutes a game. He was involved in 6 of the 15 first series goals by the Senators and most made a highlight reel. New York defeated Montreal with a 4-2 series win. The Rangers down 2-1 in the series early, rallied for three straight wins . The Rangers will attempt to reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in four seasons. Mika Zibanejad will look to prove to Ottawa he was worth keeping around, after leading the team with four points in the first round.

Predictions

New York vs Ottawa might take the back seat to the epic battle between Washington and Pittsburgh that’s about to happen, but don’t be alarmed if both series turn out to be very good. Lundqvist, arguably one of the best goaltenders in the last ten years,  will be standing on his head like many have seen before. Ottawa, coming in as surprise to many will look to surprise us even more. New York will just be to much for Ottawa with its depth and experience. Look for a 4-2 series win from the blue shirts. Many of us would love to see a game 7 triple overtime thriller between the Caps and Pens. Ovechkin is finally going to come out on top and take the series in seven games. Hopefully not triple overtime, our hearts wouldn’t make it that long.

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