Capitals - Lightning preview - 04-29-11

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

(1) Capitals vs. (5) Lightning

Capitals Leading Postseason Scorer: Alex Ovechkin, 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists).

Lightning Leading Postseason Scorer: Martin St. Louis, 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists).

Capitals Postseason Statistics

Lightning Postseason Statistics

Capitals with Stanley Cup bling: Mike Knuble, Jason Arnott.

Lightning with Stanley Cup bling: Vincent Lecavalier, Pavel Kubina, Martin St. Louis.

Something worthwhile about the Capitals: Washington has the best team goals against average in the postseason with 1.60.

Something worthwhile about the Lightning: Through the first round, the Lightning has produced the most power-play goals in the postseason with six.

Something useless about the Capitals that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The first home goal in the Capitals' history was scored by former Penguins defenseman Yvon Labre Oct. 15, 1974 in a 1-1 tie with the Kings.

Something useless about the Lightning that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Ryan Malone is one of two former Penguins who have worn No. 6 for the Lightning. The other is defenseman Josef Melichar.

Former Penguins on the Capitals: Matt Bradley, LW.

Former Penguins on the Lightning: Adam Hall, RW; Greg Malone, head professional scout; Ryan Malone, LW; Dominic Moore, C.

Who needs to be the difference for the Capitals: Mike Green, John Carlson (above), Karl Alzner, etc. The Capitals' blue line played a significant role in shutting down the Rangers offense in the first round. That said, New York's offense was pretty bad. The Lightning have some elite scorers in the former of St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier (above). They'll have their hands full with Tampa Bay's forwards.

Who needs to be the difference for the Lightning: Eric Brewer, Mattias Ohlund, Victor Hedman, etc. The Lightning led the postseason after the first round with 145 blocked shots. Their blue liners did a good job of collapsing around their own net. They prevented quality scoring chances by the Penguins admittedly stagnant offense and made life easy on Dwayne Roloson. They'll need to do the same against a much better Capitals offense.

Best Capitals YouTube Video We Could Find: Jason Chimera's fluky overtime goal in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Rangers:

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Best Lightning YouTube Video We Could Find: Moore's sick behind the back pass to set up Sean Bergenheim for the only goal of Game 7 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Penguins:

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EN Prediction: On paper, you would expect a series with a few first overall picks and Hart Trophy winners to be a dazzling display on offense. But in practice, this series will be a repeat of what we saw between the Penguins and Lightning. This will be a tight, edgy series with lots of safe defensive play. Both teams have bought into a defense-first approach. The Capitals have a slight edge in talent and skill and that should be the difference. Capitals 4-2.

(Photos: Green-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Lecavalier-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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