I know its trolling, but I can't even get angry about it. I'll address it anyway because it's the playoffs, and I like talking hockey.
The Rangers won the regular season series 2-0-1.
True. But regular season results, as any Cap fan can plainly attest, have little to no bearing on playoff results. How teams did against each other in the regular season is a poor indicator for a series. Furthermore, the Rangers last win over the Caps came on March 10. Not quite the depths of Caps suckitude, but definitely before the "On" switch of the Peg double header.
The caps are absolutely the weakest division champ
The Habs say hi.
The Caps are not a tough team. They are loaded with talented pussies that drop to their knees when they get a little shove.
Do people even watch the Caps? If anything, the Caps have too many slow footed tough guys: Hendricks, Volpatti, Ward, Brouwer, Chimera, Schultz, Erskine, Carlson... all of those guys get big minutes and like to hit people. Ovie is constantly criticized for hitting too much, not being a wilting violet. Yes, Mojo and Perrault are undersized and Green is fairly soft (and no one will ever confuse. There's also the whole rest of the team.
Ovechkin is absolutely over-rated because for all the hype the guy gets and all the points, he does nothing to actually help his team win a game. I've seen him play in person multiple times - the guy is nothing but an opportunist that bullies his coach into allowing him to ignore his defensive responsibilities. Don't believe me? Then believe his negative Corsi number this year.
You mean his 2.1 Relative Corsi? The rank which puts him 6th on the team? And really, have you watched Ovie? First off, goals help you win. it's how we keep score. And the Caps win, as they've made the playoffs six consecutive seasons, one of the longer streaks in the league. They also rely heavily on their top line for production, more than most good teams... and that would be Ovie's line. I don't think anyone will confuse Ovie for Datsyuk, but he's much better in his own end than people give him credit for... and he has improved that facet of his game immeasurably in the past three seasons.
Believe that he's never even made it to a conference final with all the supposed talent around him.
And there's the rub. Where's all the talent behind him? The team famously hasn't had a 2C since Federov left five years ago. When the Caps won the President's Trophy, outside of the young guns, the scoring came from Fleischman, Fehr, Knuble, and Morrison. Hardly murder's row.
The Caps issues have been the blueline and secondary scoring. This year, the Caps have Ribs, Brouwer, and Erat as their #2 line, by far the best 2nd line they've ever had. In fact, their third line is pretty much their second line from last year. Blueline is still a concern, but the development of Carlzner has helped.
What would the Caps do with the Rangers Schedule, and what would the Rangers do with the Caps schedule?
You mean, with a whole three more games against the Southeast? I don't know, but considering the Rangers lost their season series to the Jets, I'd think they wouldn't want another game against the Peg.
I would've liked another game Pittsburgh. I always enjoy those games.