On The Chess Match between Adam Oates and John Tortorella

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On The Chess Match between Adam Oates and John Tortorella
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Line matching is one of those things that most people don't pay a whole lot of attention to until the playoffs start. That's because the growing familiarity between two teams is what powers the chess match going on behind the benches, and the importance of every maneuver is magnified by the stakes of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And though there was familiarity aplenty between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers before the puck dropped on this one, a few more variables have been added to the equation since last year.

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