Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 4/28/12
The Morning After:
Yesterday’s results:

Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (OT)
RLD 3 stars of the night:

1. Mike Smith, PHX (39 saves)

2. Ray Whitney, PHX (1 goal)

3. Francis Bouillon, NSH (2 assists)

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Tonight’s slate:

Capitals @ Rangers, 3:00 ET, Game 1
Kings @ Blues, 7:30, Game 1
#7 Washington Capitals @ #1 New York Rangers

Game 1… 3:00 ET… TV: NBC, CBC


Season series: Tied 2-2


Projected starting goaltenders:

WAS- Braden Holtby (Playoff stats: 4-3, 2.00 GAA)

NYR-  Henrik Lundqvist (Playoff stats: 19-23, 2.45 GAA)


Injury report:

WAS- Tom Poti and Tomas Vokoun (groin, out)

NYR-  Brian Boyle (concussion, questionable), Mats Zuccarello (wrist, out), Michael Sauer (concussion, out), Steve Eminger (ankle, questionable)


Game thoughts:

Tonight two gritty, hard-working teams face off in a rematch of last season's round 1. But boy have things changed for both the top-seeded Rangers and the resilient Capitals.


Game 1 should be a feeling-out process as these clubs become more familiar with each other, and their respective playing style. While the Capitals played a tighter game against the Bruins, they may loosen the reigns against the Rangers-- a team with less firepower and less potential to explode. Nevertheless, Game 1 should be a good indication of where these two teams are headed. My guess: Rangers ride their momentum from Thursday and take the first tilt on home ice.  Prediction: Rangers 3, Capitals 2 (OT) ---

#8 Los Angeles Kings @ #2 St. Louis Blues

Game 1… 7:30 ET… TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN


Season series: 3-1 Kings


Projected starting goaltenders:

LA- Jonathan Quick (Playoff stats: 8-9, 2.82 GAA)

STL- Brian Elliott (Playoff stats: 4-2, 2.70 GAA)


Injury report:

LA- Kyle Clifford (upper body, day-to-day), Simon Gagne (concussion, out), Scott Parse (hip, out)

NYR-  Jaroslav Halak (ankle, out)


Game thoughts:

Following an excellent showing in round one, the Kings are out to once again prove themselves against the second-best team in the West. And just like their last match-up, this series will be an uphill battle.

The Blues, unlike the Canucks, were able to prove themselves on the biggest stage thus far. Ken Hitchcock's defensive system proved more successful than the firepower in San Jose which might be an omen of things to come. However, the Kings have an x-factor of their own in Jonathan Quick, who should be able to equalize the stingy defense at the other end. Call me crazy but I think the Kings take Game 1. 
Prediction: Kings 2, Blues 0
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