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Photo courtesy of Bill Kostroun/Associated Press By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo) The puck will drop on Thursday night between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals for the 20th time in the last five postseasons, the last time taking place just a year ago in the 2011-2012 Conference Semifinals in which the Blueshirts eliminated the Capitals in game seven to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. While the matchup is familiar, the teams involved have made some changes and aren’t necessarily the teams they were last spring. Washington is without Alex Semin but has a more experienced goalie than he was in the last playoff matchup and a new head coach in Adam Oates, while the Rangers changed things up at the trade deadline sending Marian Gaborik to Columbus in exchange for a few younger players that lack the Stanley Cup Playoffs experience. The Rangers lead their regular season series against the Capitals 2-0-1, outshooting their opponent 8-5 in those three games in which they face...
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