NHL Playoffs 2012: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals Game 4 Preview

May 4th, 2012 by Michael Prunka Leave a reply »
At 12:30 p.m. ET in Washington D.C.’s Verizon Center, the puck will drop for Game 4 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. The Caps, down 2-1, are looking to tie the series on home ice. The Rangers, on the other hand, are surely hoping to take a 3-1 lead before they bring the series back to Madison Square Garden.

Both teams have had two days to rest after their triple-overtime game on Wednesday. Along with rest, hopefully the Caps have been able to use this time to mentally put their tough 3OT loss behind them. This would be vital if they hope to continue grinding out this series with the Rangers.

The Caps played with great intensity in Game 3. They tallied 46 shots on Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist and logged an astounding 59 hits on Rangers skaters. Even with two days of rest, Lundqvist and his crew will surely be feeling the effects of Game 3 tomorrow afternoon.

One thing the Caps need to improve on in this series is their forecheck. They only managed 10 takeaways in the 114 minutes of Game 3. Forechecking would help them force turnovers in the offensive zone, turning their defense into offense. In addition, it would h ...

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