A patriotic series to conclude our round table discussions. No this didn’t happen by design – it just happened to the last game one on the list in my email string. The New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals. Tim and Cory have plenty to say regarding this series.
A team that tries to be the New York Yankees of professional hockey – and a team that has under-performed in every playoff since they were supposed to be one of the chosen few at the start of the season to be a favorite to win it all.
Could this be the year that either team breaks the silence and brings the coveted Stanley Cup home?
The Rangers are getting hot at the right time, but despite a roster full of star power have struggled to put the puck in the net. Thankfully the Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist to bail them out – but can King Henry carry the Rangers far enough to get through the series?
For Cory the ups and downs of this series rely on someone on either roster with something to prove. Lundqvist has to prove his worth in the playoffs. Ovechkin needs to prove he can lead a team to the promise land. Can Mike Green prove that he can stay healthy – he needs to because the Capitals are much better with him than without him.
Given that I am from New York – I am going to go with the New York Rangers in this series just on principle. I think with the effort that the blue shirts put in to buying a Stanley Cup – they should be able to do just that.
Cory points out that the Washington Capitals might give the Rangers a slight problem, but they are the only team from their division to make the playoffs. The Caps ended the regulat season with just one more point than the Rags – but the majority of their games were played against teams that are already golfing.
Cory says Rangers in six, I think the Rangers can do it in five.