Game 1: Matchups, thoughts and Nick Lowe

Heading to MSG shorty. You can read today's story here. http://www.newsday.com/sports

Matchups for the ECS?

Goaltending: Edge to Rangers with Lundqvist. Think they can solve Holtby.

Defense: Rangers. Caps allowed 35 shots per game against Bruins.

Forwards: Evens up if Boyle and Dubi can get back. Otherwise, Caps have the advantage, especially early on.

Special teams: Caps PK was improved. Rangers PP has to be better. Key here? Gaborik, and maybe Kreider.

Liking the Rangers in 6 or 7, Flyers in 6, Preds in 6, Kings in 7.

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Finally took a break from NHL 24/7, and brought my wife to see Nick Lowe and band at the Music Hall in Tarrytown Friday night. Well worth it. Been to the Hall more than a dozen times. Lowe is a brilliant singer/songwriter/producer who gets more interesting with age, from pop/punk to now more of a roots-rocker/folkie/crooner, with a pro band from England and Northern Ireland. 

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