New York Rangers-

Winning Formula: Lundqvist will be a key component in this series and will have to play as well as he did against the Penguins as there is bound to be some scrambling in front of the net. He’ll need to remain composed during those moments. This is a fast team and they are especially great on the backend on breakouts. They need to use that speed as best they can to avoid an overly physical game, and keep the team as healthy as possible. Games can be won and lost on how a team manages at power play and the Rangers will need to focus on shooting first when they have the advantage.

Learning from Round 1: A factor in their game 2 loss against the Penguins was their power play. They need to keep shooting and not let their advantage go to waste. New York scored three power-play goals, including the game-winner in Game 1 and the goal that put them up 1-0 in Game 5. The Rangers were 3-for-20 on the power play (15 percent) and at times struggled to get shots (33 total), but they were better when they went with a unit that featured four forwards and one defenseman. The Rangers were shorthanded 13 times, fewer than three times per game. They allowed two power-play goals in Game 2, each to Pittsburgh’s second power-play unit. New York committed 15 minor penalties in the five games, and in the second round they will need to lessen that number and stay out of the penalty box as much as possible.

Washington Capitals –

Winning Formula: Holtby has proven that he isn’t just a regular season goaltender and can hold his own in the playoffs. If the Caps find the lead Holtby can hold it. Ovechkin and Backstrom ranked in the top 10 in scoring in the regular season; Backstrom has six points in the playoffs and Ovechkin has five, so it is important that the two play the way they did during the regular season. Washington will need to take advantage of their power play and not let the Rangers take advantage of them when they are on the penalty kill.

Learning from Round 1: The Capitals top power play during the regular season did not transfer over to the first round of the playoffs against the Islanders. Washington scored on two of 13 chances (15.4 percent), tied for 11th among playoff teams. Ovechkin led the League with 25 power-play goals but didn’t score one in the series. Backstrom and Carlson each had a power-play goal. They will need to generate more offense on the power play in the 2nd round. Special teams didn’t completely fizzle in the second round as the Caps had a superb PK killing all 14 shorthanded chances in the first round. In the first round Washington showed discipline only averaging two minor penalties per game.

Goalie Matchup- Lundqvist shook off speculation that the vascular injury he sustained that caused a 23 game absence during the end of the regular season would hold him back in the first round. He played deep in the crease and tracked the puck well; he also challenged on the forcheck. Lundqvist allowed eight goals on 132 shots for a .939 save percentage and 1.53 goals-against average in five games against Pittsburgh. He gave up four goals on 110 shots (.964 save percentage) in New York’s four wins, all by a 2-1 score. In Game 5, when he made 37 saves on 38 shots for the series-clinching win. Since the 2011 playoffs, Lundqvist is 32-29 with a .931 save percentage, 1.99 goals-against average and six shutouts in 62 appearances. Holtby made a League-high 73 appearances during the regular season and ranked in the top five in nearly all goaltending categories. He missed Game 2 against the Islanders with an illness, but came back and only allowed a total of seven goals in the final five games of the series. His .943 save percentage ranks second among playoff goalies, and his 1.63 goals-against average is third. Holtby made 166 saves on 176 Islanders shots, and although he faced 11 shots in Game 7, he faced more than 35 three times in the series. Holtby has a 6-8 playoff record against the Rangers, having allowed 31 goals (.924 save percentage). He allowed four-plus goals in three of the final five games of a 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals loss in seven games to them.

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Read our pre-series analysis from Round 1 for the Rangers and the Capitals.