Sunday's games: Playoff points to watch

April, 17, 2011
4/17/11
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No. 1 Capitals versus Rangers, 3 p.m. ET

  • When leading a series 2-0, the Capitals have lost four of five of those matchups.
  • The Capitals have won five straight playoff games versus Rangers dating back to the 2009 East quarterfinals.
  • Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth has stopped 46 of 47 shots in this series.
  • Rangers forward Chris Drury has won 12 of 16 faceoffs in this series.
  • The Rangers have come back from a 2-0 series deficit just once in team playoff history (1996 East conference quarterfinals versus the Montreal Canadiens).
  • Rangers forward Marian Gaborik: zero goals or assists in past eight playoff games (last postseason goal was in 2007) .
  • Caps star Alex Ovechkin: seven goals and seven assists in past nine games at Madison Square Garden, including playoffs.
  • Ovechkin has 1.40 points per game in the postseason since 2008 (leads NHL).
  • The Rangers are 1-for-31 on the power play over past 11 games, including playoffs.

No. 4 Ducks versus No. 5 Predators, 6 p.m. ET

  • The Ducks will be without Bobby Ryan, who was suspended for two games for kicking incident in Game 2.
  • Defenseman Shea Weber is the Predators’ playoff franchise leader in goals (seven) and points (15) .
  • Ducks goalie Ray Emery was 4-1-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average on the road during the regular season.
  • Emery's only career appearance in Nashville was not pretty; he gave up six goals on 14 shots in a 6-0 defeat to the Predators on Dec. 14, 2006.
  • The Predators won both home games against the Ducks during the regular season.
  • Nashville forward Mike Fisher: four points in first two games of this series; he had five points in six playoffs games for the Senators last season.

No. 1 Canucks versus No. 8 Blackhawks, 8 p.m. ET

  • The Blackhawks are first defending Stanley Cup champions to trail 2-0 in the first round since the 2008 Ducks (Anaheim won Game 3).
  • Canucks winger Jannik Hansen has goals in the first two games of the series.
  • The Canucks trying to go up 3-0 in a series for second time in franchise history; the last time was the 2009 conference quarterfinals versus the Blues (Vancouver won in four games).
  • Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp have combined for zero points and a minus-2 rating so far in the series.

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