Second-round preview: Rangers-Caps

Updated: April 29, 2012, 11:35 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

This will mark the third time since 2009 that these two teams will meet in the playoffs, but the circumstances could hardly be different. In 2009 and 2011, the Capitals were the distinct favorites, while the Rangers were a team that seemed to be simply a tier below the Caps. In 2009, the Rangers blew a 3-1 series lead and lost in seven, while last spring the No. 1-seeded Caps handled the eighth-seeded Rangers in five games.

This year, the two teams will meet after emerging from grueling ...

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