There is a plethora of other players on the Washington Capitals' roster than will more than likely play a crucial role in the playoffs.
Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perrault and Troy Brouwer are all forwards who could be important for the Caps' offensive production. More seasoned players like Mike Knuble and Roman Hamrlik may also be vital for the very same reason.
On the defensive side, the young duo of Karl Alzner and John Carlson have proven to be impressive blueliners. Carlson, with 23 assists this season, has been a great playmaking defender. On the other hand, Alzner has played his part in shutting down opposing offensive units, as evidenced by his plus-12 rating.
The Caps certainly have the talent and ability necessary to eliminate the Stanley Cup Champions in the first round of the playoffs. Based on the season the Caps have had, it's consistency that will prove to be problematic.
Even though they're not a top-seeded team, the Caps are still a threat in the postseason, even to the Bruins. If they can mesh as a team and just play a solid, smart game, they should be able to take this series.
With Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin and Green all in fine shape for the playoffs, it's only natural that the Capitals would be faced with such poorly timed injuries to their starting goalies.
Because of the goalie situation, Holtby is the real X-factor in how far the Caps will make it. It's difficult to predict how he will play in his first NHL playoff game, but that only adds to the excitement that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs!