NHL Playoffs: A Look Inside the Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals

The NHL playoffs are all set. The Stanley Cup is just 16 wins away. It will be the hardest 16 wins that a team will have to go through. Each team will start with a clean slate. If the two teams played each other during the regular season it means very little. The third series is between Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes.

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The Washington Capitals are the defending Stanley Cup champions. They also won the Metropolitan division. The Carolina Hurricanes had a solid season and ended up with the top wild-card spot. This is the fourth straight season the Capitals have been division champs. They have done under new head coach Todd Reirden. The Hurricanes had to scratch and claw their way back to playoffs for the first time in a decade.

The Hurricanes will not be a pushover for the Capitals to just roll into the second round. In fact, they have a nickname “Bunch of Jerks” under new captain Justin Williams. However, like the Lightning, they have been able to win with their depth. Look for them to also have their younger players continue to score as they have all season. Although, their winning celebrations are awesome. It is especially to see what they have come up with. This is fantastic for hockey bringing the fun of winning back.

The Capitals can and have been able to beat the top teams in the NHL. They played the Tampa Bay Lightning three times going 1-2. In the final game, it looked like it did a year ago when the Capitals dismissed the Lightning in 7 games. The straw that stirs drink is Alex Ovechkin. He led them a year ago taking the team on his back saying he wanted to win the Stanley Cup. Well, he achieved that goal and now he looks to lead the Capitals to back to back Stanley Cups.

My Prediction: Hurricanes in 7

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