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A strong first period, complete with stretch passes and a competent forecheck, helped the Rangers even the series on Saturday afternoon. Now the series shifts to Washington for Games Three and Four, and the Blueshirts find themselves in a familiar situation. Heading away from home with the series tied. This happened last round, and the Rangers won three in a row to close out that series.

But these aren’t the Pens. The Caps are talented, deep, and have a white-hot Braden Holtby in net. Barry Trotz out-coached Alain Vigneault in Game One, getting Alex Ovechkin out against Keith Yandle and Dan Boyle. With last change, we should expect to see a lot of that tonight. It will be up to AV to get his top guys out there against Ovechkin, or else he will run amok like he did on Thursday.

Kevin did a nice run down of how the Caps play today, Justin broke down how to beat Braden Holtby, Chris did a full preview of the series, and I wrote about why shadowing Ovechkin isn’t the right move. If you haven’t checked those out, you should. They are good reads while waiting for the game to begin.

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A questionable hit, a massive brain fart, and Joel Ward all combined to give the Washington Capitals the 1-0 series lead on Thursday night. The Caps and Rangers are at it again this afternoon in a 12:30 matinee at MSG, looking to avoid going down 2-0 before headed to D.C. The Rangers played the Caps’ game in the first two periods on Thursday night, getting thoroughly outworked. New York needs the game to be a track meet to win, and that’s what happened in the third period. Skate, speed, generate off the rush, and they will win.

Of course, Alain Vigneault will need to adjust some of his matchups. He will need to try and exploit Brooks Orpik’s skating by trying to get the Kreider/Stepan/Miller line out there on him. He will need to keep two of McDonagh/Girardi/Staal/Klein out when Ovechkin is on the ice. He will need to try and get Nash out there against the Alzner/Niskanen pairing. Try to get Hayes on the ice against Green/Gleason.

Kevin did a nice run down of how the Caps play today, Justin broke down how to beat Braden Holtby, Chris did a full preview of the series, and I wrote about why shadowing Ovechkin isn’t the right move. If you haven’t checked those out, you should. They are good reads while waiting for the game to begin.

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After easily dispatching of the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games, the New York Rangers open up the second round of the playoffs at home against a familiar opponent in the Washington Capitals. But these aren’t the same old Caps teams of the past, focused on offense only with no defense. This is a physically brutal team that will try to punish the Rangers, playing a sound defensive game and using their lethal powerplay to their advantage.

Kevin did a nice run down of how the Caps play today, Justin broke down how to beat Braden Holtby, and Chris did a full preview of the series. If you haven’t checked those out, you should. They are good reads while waiting for the game to begin.

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The Rangers and Penguins are at it again tonight, with the Rangers looking to close out the series at home. Kevin Hayes gave the Rangers a 3-1 series lead on Wednesday with his overtime winner, and with the Penguins finally starting to get healthy, it would behoove the Rangers to just end this now.

The Pens still have to go without Kris Letang, Olli Maata, Christian Ehrhoff, and Pascal Dupuis, all give have been out the entire series. But Beau Bennett is still back after missing the last two games, and Derrick Pouliot appears to be back, after missing the entire series. The Rangers are withoutKevin Klein tonight, the only injury the Blueshirts are facing at the moment, and he is close to a return.

Justin did a full goalie preview of Marc-Andre Fleury, as the Rangers will look to exploit his playoff shortcomings. I wrote a comprehensive series preview, and you should definitely check out both if you haven’t yet already.

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The Rangers and Penguins are back at it tonight for Game Four of their series. The Rangers took a 2-1 series lead with a 2-1 win on Monday night, and will hopefully take a commanding lead in the series tonight. The Pens still have to go without Kris Letang, Olli Maata, Derick Pouliot, Christian Ehrhoff, and Pascal Dupuis, all give have been out the entire series. Beau Bennett is still out, after missing Game Three. The Rangers are without Kevin Klein tonight, the only injury the Blueshirts are facing at the moment, and he is close to a return.

Justin did a full goalie preview of Marc-Andre Fleury, as the Rangers will look to exploit his playoff shortcomings. I wrote a comprehensive series preview, and you should definitely check out both if you haven’t yet already.

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The Rangers and Penguins are back at it tonight for Game Three of their series. The Penguins evened the series on Saturday night, and the story of that game was the Rangers inefficient powerplay. They went just one-for-seven in that game, and it presumably has cost them the series already. In all seriousness, the powerplay is a concern, but this series is far from over. All of this doom and gloom is kind of entertaining. That said, the Pens blue line is a mess, and the Rangers really needed to take advantage. Pouliot and Ehrhoff are inchin towards returns.

The Pens still have to go without Kris Letang, Olli Maata, Derick Pouliot, Christian Ehrhoff, and Pascal Dupuis. The Rangers are without Kevin Klein tonight, the only injury the Blueshirts are facing at the moment, although he is on this trip and could play in Game Four. The Pens now have the home ice matchup advantage, so it will be up to Alain Vigneault to ensure McDonagh and Girardi are out there against Crosby.

Justin did a full goalie preview of Marc-Andre Fleury, as the Rangers will look to exploit his playoff shortcomings. I wrote a comprehensive series preview, and you should definitely check out both if you haven’t yet already.

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The Rangers and Penguins are back at it tonight for Game Two of their series. The Rangers took Game One by a score of 2-1 in a surprisingly undisciplined game by the Penguins. In typical Ranger fashion, the Blueshirts ignored the shenanigans, played their game, and took Game One. The Rangers seem to play better when their opponent plays foolishly reckless, so keep that stuff coming.

The Pens still have to go without Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff, Olli Maata, and Pascal Dupuis, but I believe they are getting Derrick Pouliot back to help strengthen their blue line (I’m still on vacation, so at the writing of this post I’m assuming he’s back, if he’s not then it will be the same lineup as Game One. The Rangers are still without Kevin Klein tonight, the only injury the Blueshirts are facing at the moment. Dan Girardi is in the lineup after taking a puck to the jaw in Game One, so that’s still good.

Justin did a full goalie preview of Marc-Andre Fleury, as the Rangers will look to exploit his playoff shortcomings. I wrote a comprehensive series preview, and you should definitely check out both if you haven’t yet already.

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Playoff hockey is here, and your President’s Trophy winning New York Rangers are taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins in their quest to play hockey in June once more. This series is a rematch of last year’s Metro Division Finals, when the Rangers won three straight to beat the Pens in seven.

The Pens are dealing with some major injuries to Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff, Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maata, and Pascal Dupuis, with at least three of them out for the duration of the playoffs. That said, the Penguins still have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, so they are no pushover. The Rangers are without Kevin Klein tonight, the only injury the Blueshirts are facing at the moment.

Justin did a full goalie preview of Marc-Andre Fleury, as the Rangers will look to exploit his playoff shortcomings. I wrote a comprehensive series preview, and you should definitely check out both if you haven’t yet already.

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The New York Rangers have clinched the President’s Trophy and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Washington Capitals have a date with the New York Islanders in the first round. Home ice in that round isn’t clinched for the Caps, a win of any form would clinch, but I don’t think that’s on their minds at the moment.

The Caps are a very scary team. They have good goaltending (finally), they have a ridiculous offense and powerplay, and their defense is finally respectable. They are a very good team. But for some reason, I think this afternoon’s game is going to be a bit boring. Neither team really has much to play for and are gearing up for the playoffs.

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Well, the New York Rangers are playing host to the Ottawa Senators in what is essentially a meaningless game for the Rangers. Home ice is clinched, so now the priority shifts to getting guys healthy while ensuring bad habits don’t develop. Ryan Bourque and Chris Summers have been called up, and Rick Nash and Marc Staal will be sitting tonight.

While this game has no meaning for the Rangers, the Sens have a lot riding on this game. They are still clinging to playoff hopes and dreams, especially after their dramatic comeback against the Pens the other night. The Sens need this win tonight.

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