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Projected lines, d-pairs

Based on last two practices:

Vinny Prospal-Artem Anisimov- Marian Gaborik; Brandon Dubinsky-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko; Wojtek Wolski-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust; Mats Zuccarello-Erik Christensen-Chris Drury. But I could really envision switches in the second period or so, as the Caps will have matchup edge at home....

Defense:  Marc Staal-Dan Girardi; Ryan McDonagh-Michael Sauer; Bryan McCabe-Matt Gilroy.

Zip's Tips:

Before each game, we'll give you some random things to keep an eye on besides the switches noted above:

1. See if the Rangers test rookie Michal Neuvirth with shots from all angles.

2. The Rangers penalty-kill must be excellent. Giving up more than one goal would be fatal.

3. Refs are Dan O'Halloran and Brian Pochmara. O'Halloran has officiated maybe a half-dozen Rangers games this season and I don't remember any hideous ones.

4. Since 2006, teams winning Game 1 of the first round are 27-13 (.675) in those series 

5. Mike Green vs Derek Stepan. Could be some bad blood after the high Stepan hit on Feb. 25.  





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