NHL playoff primer: Round 2


Eastern Conference

1 N.Y. Rangers vs. 2 Washington

First round: Rangers d. Pittsburgh in 5; Washington d. N.Y. Islanders in 7

Series: Rangers won 3-1-0

Storylines: This is the fifth time since 2009 they've met in the playoffs — both winning two series. ... The Rangers could be a bit rusty, not having played since Friday. They dominated the Penguins, with G Henrik Lundqvist looking stronger as the series went on. ... The Capitals line of C Nicklas Backstrom, LW Alex Ovechkin and RW Joel Ward combined for 15 points against the Islanders.

Key player: Capitals D Ryan McDonagh had a sensational series against the Penguins, stopping Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Prediction: New York in 6

Western Conference

1 Anaheim vs. 3 Calgary

First round: Anaheim d. Winnipeg in 4; Calgary d. Vancouver in 6

Series: Anaheim won 3-1-1

Storylines: Over the last 20 regular-season games in Anaheim, the Ducks are 15-0-5 against the Flames. And during the postseason during that span, the Ducks are 2-1-0 against the Flames. ... Anaheim won four difficult games against the Jets, the last three after trailing by two goals.

Key player: Flames G Jonas Hiller is facing his former team. If he plays to his ability, the Flames have a chance for an upset.

Prediction: Anaheim in 7

Ted Kulfan