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NHL Eastern Conference Round 1 Preview and Predictions

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1M. Washington Capitals versus 5M. Philadelphia Flyers: I’m going to say right off the bat…you Caps fans aren’t going to like what I’m about to say. See Washington has a history of being a great regular season team and awfully mediocre come playoff time. Now let’s first look at their regular season. Washington was by all accounts the very best team in the NHL.

They were the Golden State Warriors of the hockey world this year and no one can take that away from them. Alexander Ovechkin got his 500th and 7th 50th Goal of the season, putting him elite company. On the back end, goaltender Braden Holtby tied Martin Broduer for the single season record with 48.

However, Washington’s great regular season ended abysmally with a 4-5-1 record in their last ten. In perspective they lost over 25% of there total regulation losses in their last ten games. That’s not a confidence booster that will give their team the momentum necessary to get through the spring.

Contrary to Washington, Philadelphia’s been hot down the stretch going 6-3-1 in their last ten. Shayne Gostisbehere leads all rookie defenseman in goals, assists, and points this season. The goaltending tandem of Mason and Neuvirth have given Philadelphia support in net most nights this season.

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