Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers – 5/2/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
NHL Playoffs continues on Saturday May 2nd as the New York Rangers will play host to the Washington Capitals in the second round playoff series for Game 2. The puck will drop from Madison Square Garden in New York at 12:30PM Eastern Time televised by NBC.
The Washington Capitals were taken to a seven game series with the New York Islanders as they were able to advance into the second round with a 2-1 home victory back on Monday night. The Capitals had two days of rest to get over the high of a Game 7 victory to get ready for Game 1 in their second round series with the New York Rangers. The Capitals were nursing a 1-0 lead late into the third period until the Rangers were able to light the lamp with just 4:39 remaining in the game. Washington then responded with a Joel Ward even strength goal with just two seconds remaining that game the Washington Capitals the 1-0 series lead heading into Game 2. The Washington Capitals have not been known for defense the past few seasons. But in their past six games Washington has allowed one regulation time goal in five of their past six playoff games.
Washington Capitals Center: Nicklas Backstrom co-leads the Capitals in points in these playoffs as he has three goals and four assists for a total of seven points. He had an assist in Game 1 on Thursday. The assist on Thursday broke a scoreless streak of three games.
Washington Capitals Left Wing: Alex Ovechkin has seven points in the postseason. His three goals are tied for most in the playoffs for Washington. The knock on Ovechkin over his playing career is about his lack of defense. Despite being tied for the team with most points at 7 in the playoffs he has been on the ice for 9 opponents goals for a plus minus of -2 in the postseason.
Washington Capitals Right Wing: Joel Ward has two goals and three assists for five points in the post season. He was the author of the dramatic Game 1 winning goal in this series on Thursday. Ward had a goal in the Capitals 2-1 win in Game 7 against the New York Islanders. Ward has points in four of his past five games.
Washington Capitals Defensemen: John Carlson had a goal and four assists for five points in the playoffs. He gets a good chunk of ice time at over 23 minutes per game and has only 4 penalty minutes in eight games. Karl Altzner has two goals and an assist in his eight playoff games.
Washington Capitals Goalie: Goaltending can carry teams in the playoffs. There is not goalie in the Eastern conference hotter than Braden Holtby who is 4-3 in the playoffs with a miniscule goal against average of 1.54. His save percentage of nearly 95% and had a goal against average of 2.22 during the regular season.
New York Rangers Center: Derick Brassard had leads the Rangers with three goals in the playoffs. He has an assist for a total of four points in six playoff games.
New York Rangers Left Wing: Rick Nash has recorded a goal and three assists in the post season. Nash has done all his damage at home in the postseason. After a hot start he has just on assist over his past four games.
New York Rangers Right Wing: Kevin Hays has a goal and assist for two points in the post season. Mats Zuccarello has two assists and Martin St Louis has just one assist in the playoffs. This right wing position has produced very little offense for the Rangers.
New York Rangers Defensemen: Ryan McDonagh has a goal and three assists for four points in the playoffs. He has point in two of his past three games. McDonagh provides value for NHL mock draft managers as he is averaging over 25 minutes of ice time. Dan Girardi had three assists. He has no points in his past three games.
New York Rangers Goalie: The veteran Henrik Lundqvist is 4-2 in six games with a goal against playoff average of 1.61. His save percentage is 94% in his six games. Lundqvist has allowed one goal or fewer in three of his past four playoff games.
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C: Nicklas Backstrom (Capitals)
RW: Joel Ward (Capitals)
LW: Alex Ovechkin (Capitals)
D: John Carlson (Capitals) Ryan McDonagh (Rangers)
G: Braden Holtby (Capitals)