Metropolitan Division Finals - Game 2
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The New York Rangers will look to rebound this afternoon against the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the Metropolitan Division Finals. On Thursday, the Rangers had a bit of a letdown after they allowed the game winning with under two seconds remaining in the game, and gave the Capitals the early advantage. While the Rangers were certainly the better team, they are capable of taking their game to another level, and hopefully we see that this afternoon.
Losing Mats Zuccarello is obviously a massive blow to the Rangers depth, but as they've been doing all season long, someone else has to step up in his absence. If the Rangers can take Game 2, then most of Game 1 is all but forgotten, and the Rangers find themselves in a similar position compared to the first round. The Rangers have always been a better road team, and if they can take at least one game at home before heading back to Washington, they will be in good shape.
Bryan's Player to Watch: Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein made his first playoff appearance of the season on Thursday, and in all honesty, he really didn't miss a beat. He was paired up with Keith Yandle, and the the pair of them had some excellent looks within the offensive zone. If Alain Vigneault can play the matchups right and give as many offensive zone starts to Yandle/Klein, I'm sure they will work wonders.