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BSB’s Round Two predictions

Two Game 7’s later and it feels as though Anaheim’s and the Rangers’ first rounds ended an eternity ago. Here at BSB, we’ve collected our round two predictions to check out how we see the next four-to-seven games will play out for the eight remaining teams. Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks Becky’s Pick: Ducks in 5. The Flames did a great…

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Playoff Preview: New York Rangers versus the Washington Capitals

Tonight old foes reunite. The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals have seen a lot of each other in recent years as this will be the fifth time since 2009 the teams face off in postseason play. The Rangers welcome the Caps to the Garden well rested, but with plenty of question marks thanks to an indifferent powerplay, key players underperforming, injuries,…

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Scouting the opposition: Braden Holtby

It took seven grueling games, but the when the Capitals defeated up the upstart Islanders on Monday night, D.C.’s finest secured a date with the Rangers for the fifth time in seven years. This brings us to our second round goaltending preview of Braden Holtby. When I sit down to write these posts, I always take a look back to…

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These aren’t the same Capitals

Though it seems like the Rangers and Capitals clash in the playoffs every year, this Washington team is very different than the one the Blueshirts have met three times in the last four postseasons. In some ways, the roles have been reversed. Whereas John Tortorella’s Black and Blueshirts were known for their grind it out style and fearless defense, former Capitals squads possessed…

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New lines/powerplay units with Zuccarello’s injury

The Rangers practiced with a new set of lines today, as they adjust to life without Mats Zuccarello. As expect, St. Louis moves up to the first line, with Fast moving to the third line and Sheppard coming to the fourth line: Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Martin St. Louis Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-J.T. Miller Carl Hagelin-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-James Sheppard There…

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Rangers/Caps series schedule

The series schedule for the Rangers and Caps has been released, although there is a slight variation in the schedule depending on the outcome of the Detroit/Tampa Bay series. Game 1: Thursday 4/30, 7:30pm Game 2: Saturday 5/2, 12:30pm Game 3: Monday 5/4. 7:30pm Game 4: Wednesday 5/6. 7:30pm Game 5: Friday 5/8. 7:00pm Game 6: Sunday 5/10. TBD Game 7: Wednesday 5/13. TBD (if Tampa…

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Playoff Post-Mortem through almost one round

There are many advantages to winning a series in five games, something that Rangers fans aren’t familiar with. It feels strange to have (somewhat) stress-free hockey to watch at your own leisure and not worry about being eliminated. It allows your team to heal up (see Chris’ post yesterday) and look ahead at future endeavors. It also helps us be…

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Quick hits: thinking about round two

With the Rangers no doubt enjoying watching the Capitals and Islanders beat each other up in a seven game marathon while benefiting from some rare down time to get healthy, let’s think about the line-up’s round one performance and look at a few statistics as the Rangers look to move deep into the post-season. Getting defensive The Rangers defense played well…

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Carl Hagelin’s overtime winner propels Rangers to second round

The New York Rangers made us sweat, but it was Carl Hagelin’s goal in overtime that gave the Rangers the series in just five games. This was a very tight game throughout, with Henrik Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury putting on a clinic in keeping your team in it. This was a much better 60+ minute showing for the Rangers, who…

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Mats Zuccarello will not return

On the broadcast, MSG noted that Mats Zuccarello will not return to the game after taking a Ryan McDonagh slapshot to the face. You can view the GIF here. Jesper Fast took Zuccarello’s spot on his line, and the Rangers have been playing with 11 forwards. It’s worth noting that this is the playoffs, and usually players come right back…

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