(We asked five simple questions to our friends from across the blog isle about tonight's Rangers/Capitals matchup and, Rob Yunich from Storming the Crease, was nice enough to answer instead of calling to cops. )
1. What will your team need to do to beat the Rangers?
The Caps, as mentioned in my Hockey Orphan post, need to stay focused. When they’re on their game, they’re one of the best teams in the league. Against the Rangers, the Caps need to convert power play opportunities, storm the crease and get Henrik Lundqvist off his game. And some beatings of Pest Avery wouldn’t hurt either.
2. What would need to happen for the Rangers to win?
The Rangers need to find some offense and magically start scoring four or five goals a game. The second coming of a Mark Messier guarantee might help too.
3. Fan Favorite
Brooks Laich. Not only does he play in every situation, but he’s probably the hardest working player on the team not named Ovechkin and never takes a shift off. He’s the lovable third liner that might be the next captain if it’s not Ovie. And if you don’t believe me, just watch.
4. Your team's Goat-to-Be
Milan Jurcina, John Erskine and Jeff Schultz. Caps fans love to pick on the three defensemen who take up space more than serve a function. All have boasted shining moments throughout the season but the three also have been subject of much negative coverage too. Jurcina and Schultz are both pending RFAs, so they could be playing for a roster spot next season too.
5. Top storyline
It’s easy to say it’s the Caps power play vs. the Rangers penalty kill. But the real storyline is whether busloads of Rangers’ fans will be able to get tickets at Verizon Center. This has never been a problem in the past, but that certainly will garner attention amongst the sea of red-clad Caps fans.