Here we are in round two, a dreaded point in almost every Caps season since 1998. They are facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who look very capable of repeating, something that hasn’t been done since the last time the Capitals did see the Conference Finals. It will again be tough for the Caps to advance.
Washington did the one thing I said they couldn’t do: let the series go to six games. Of course, you have to give a ton of credit to the Maple Leafs, but not being able to finish them off is not a promising sign for the Capitals.
Pittsburgh, by the numbers, has the advantage over Washington. They have the better goaltending, and by far the better offense in these playoffs. Even if the Penguins allow 38 shots as they did against Columbus, unless, the Caps improve their scoring, Pittsburgh still maintains the advantage. The likelihood of Pittsburgh continuing to give up that many shots a game seems low, anyway. That can only benefits the Penguins.
I have Pittsburgh moving on to the Conference Finals, leaving the Capitals again losing in the second round and as a team comparable to the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA.