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Will Holtby live up to the expectations?

DSC_0250Photo: Tim Horsey

We all remember how great Holtby was last postseason, but is he the real deal? Honestly, I’m not sold.

Remember that time that a young Russian netminder by the name of Semyon Varlamov came up from Hershey to bail out the Caps in a best of seven series in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers? If so, then remember how the Caps eventually lost game seven in round two of the playoffs to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins?

Or how about that time that a promising young goaltender by the name of Michal Neuvirth earned a full time roster spot with the Caps after coming off of winning back-to-back Calder Cup championships in the AHL, even winning playoff MVP one of those years? Yeah, the one that, like Varlamov, helped the Caps eliminate the Rangers in round one of the playoffs. Then, again similarly to Varlamov, Neuvy and the Caps were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs after they were swept, repeat SWEPT, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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5 Thoughts for Game 5

The video above shows my current emotions going into Game 5, as well as the series as a whole.

Scared, worried, and/or nervous for Game 5? You shouldn’t be. Here are 5 quick reasons why the Capitals will win Game 5 tonight in New York:

1. The Caps were still a bit asleep in Game 1 but would have won if they were more awake.

2. The Caps won Game 2 in New York.

3. Game 3 went to triple overtime…there’s not really a winner in this one, but unfortunately there has to be for the series tally. I don’t view Game 3 as a loss for the Caps.

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Caps fans plan to fight back with Ovi chants of their own in Game 3

Image: NHL Network Online

Remember last year when former Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau claimed that the fans in New York’s Madison Square Garden weren’t as loud as the ones in the Verizon Center, causing the fans in MSG to start chants of “Can you hear us?” only to be followed up with “We are louder” chants the following game at VC? Well, both sides are back at it again this year.

In Saturday’s Game 1 at MSG, Rangers fans started chants of “Ovi sucks” at the 8 minute mark of every period:

So did the chants have any effect Ovechkin?

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Round 2: Capitals vs Rangers

Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York TimesAbove: Jason Chimera after his double overtime game winning goal against the Rangers in last year’s playoffs. (Photo: Barton Silverman)

With their Game 7 win on Thursday night, the New York Rangers secured a spot in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. As the 1st seed, the Rangers will face the lowest seeded team left in the East: your Washington Capitals.

My oh my, things have changed, haven’t they? Isn’t it usually the Caps with the 1st seed and the Rangers with the 7th or 8th seed?

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April 2012: Previews/Predictions

Will the Capitals have another photo finish like they did back in 2008?

Believe it or not, the end of the regular season is just around the corner.

With only three regular season games left to play, things sure will get interesting in the month of April for everyone in DC, players and fans alike. Definitely though, everyone is hoping for the best. Can the Caps somehow magically win the division again? Or will they barely squeak into the playoffs, taking the seventh or maybe even eighth seed? Or maybe it will be the worst of all options and they completely miss out on the playoffs as a whole?

April 1 might usually be a day for fooling around, but the Capitals can’t afford to be anything but serious for the rest of April…and hopefully May and June.

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Is the 8th Seed the Best of All Options?

Surely no one expected the Eastern Conference standings to look like this at this point of the season, but is this actually the best of all options for the Caps?

When participating in any kind of competitive event, it is always most desired to finish in first. Though, should this be the case for the Caps and the regular season standings?

In years past, the regular season has been a breeze for the Caps. Piling up win after win, Washington has slipped right into the postseason with ease for the past three seasons. After this though, they have always failed miserably. Could this year be different?

Under Pressure

Let’s be honest, basically no one likes being under pressure. For the Caps, pressure usually only leads to failure. If the Caps are a very low seed, will they feel the same kind of pressure? Or maybe will they still feel pressure, but this time a different, more positive pressure?

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