NHL Playoff Brackets: Breaking Down the Rangers vs. Capitals Series

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NHL Playoff Brackets: Breaking Down the Rangers vs. Capitals Series
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The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals each needed seven games to dispatch their first-round playoff opponents. They'll barely have a moment to take a breath—Round 2 starts on Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

These two teams know each other well, but the scenario was quite different last year, when the top-seed Capitals knocked out the eighth-place Rangers 4-1 in a first-round matchup.

This time, it's the Rangers who are the top seed and the Caps who barely squeaked into the postseason. New York has home-ice advantage but beyond that, it's a level playing field.

Here's a breakdown of how this series will shape up.

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