Stanley Cup Playoffs Round Two Preview: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

Cam Lewis
April 30 2015 08:30AM

It seems the Rangers and Capitals are always meeting up in the playoffs. The two teams have met four times in the past six seasons, with the Rangers winning the two most recent match ups in 2013 and 2012 in seven games. As we know, the Rangers have had much more success in the playoffs than the Caps in recent memory, and it seems pretty likely that trend is going to continue. 

The Rangers are well rested, after finishing off the Penguins in just five games last Friday, while the Capitals took all seven games to beat the Islanders. The Rangers come into this series as the favorites not only to take down the Capitals, but to come out of the Eastern Conference. 

Do the Caps stand a chance in this series?

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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 Preview: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild

Cam Lewis
April 28 2015 07:30AM

The Central Division Finals will feature a matchup of “underdog” first round winners, as the Blackhawks and Wild were the third and fourth seeds respectively in the division. I wouldn’t really call the Hawks beating Nashville much of an upset, but Minnesota taking down the Blues was a little bit more surprising, although St. Louis has now failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs for the third straight season.

This is the second year in a row the Wild have taken down a top seeded team in the first round, and this will also be a rematch of last year’s Central Division Final that resulted in a 4-2 win for the Hawks. 

What should we expect from this rematch? 

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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks

Cam Lewis
April 26 2015 08:30AM

The first matchup of the second round is set, as the Calgary Flames came back from a 3-0 deficit in game six to take down the Vancouver Canucks, earning them a series in the Pacific Division Final with the Anaheim Ducks, who just finished sweeping the Winnipeg Jets earlier this week. This seems like a mismatch on paper, but knowing the Flames, pretty much anything is possible. Despite being outplayed in pretty much every single underlying measure in the first round, the Flames continued to do what they did all season and find a way to win when pretty much everyone expected them to lose. The Ducks ripped apart the Jets in what looked like a much closer series than it actually was. The Jets barely trailed for the entire series, but the Ducks controlled play at even strength and in the third period, earning them a pretty east sweep.

While it is pretty easy to say that the Ducks are heavy favorites heading into this series, the Flames have managed to find a way to defy odds and statistics all season, including the first round. When will they hit a wall? Can they keep this up against the Ducks? Let’s take a look. 

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2015 Playoff Mid-Series Look-In: Western Conference

Cam Lewis
April 21 2015 10:00AM

The teams in the Western Conference have each played three games, and unfortunately for Winnipeg, only one team looks like they have their first round victory in the bag. The Ducks own a commanding 3-0 series lead after spoiling Winnipeg's homecoming, while the Flames, Hawks, and Wild head into their fourth games with 2-1 leads. 

Who's going to move on? Let's take a look. 

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2015 Playoff Mid-Series Look-In: Eastern Conference

Cam Lewis
April 21 2015 08:00AM

The Eastern Conference teams, aside from the Lightning and Red Wings, have made it through three games, and pretty much everything is going as expected. Despite being tied 1-1, the Lightning have dominated the Wings, the Habs hold a commanding 3-0 lead over the Senators who have been playing playoff hockey for two months now, and the Rangers and Islanders are doing their best to make sure we see a Battle of New York this year.

Let's take a look.

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