Washington is the location for the early match-up, Game 2 between the Capitals and New York Rangers. An Alex Ovechkin powerplay goal got the Caps going in Game 1, and right now he looks impossible to pin down. If they can't stop him, the Rangers have to be disciplined and avoid taking the initial penalties. In the goalie duel it's advantage Braden Holtby, who picked up from where he left off in last year's play-offs; the Rangers need to find a way to fluster the young netminder. Those are just a couple of the challenges they face as confidence must be sky-high in the Capitals locker room. Take Washington once again at 2.30.
The Toronto Maple Leafs scored inside two minutes in their first contest with the Boston Bruins, but from there it was all downhill as Boston assumed control and took a 4-1 victory. Toronto had real trouble maintaining puck possession in the offensive zone: the Bruins restricted them to just 20 shots, ensuring Tuukka Rask had a relatively comfortable night in net. Toronto's roster is short of play-off experience and it showed, with Boston getting under their skin on numerous occasions. They can't afford to fall further behind but it was a really worrying start for the Toronto faithful. Back the Bruins with a -1.5 handicap at 2.55.
With the series tied up at 1-1, the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings switch over to Motor City and the Joe Louis Arena. Thursday's Game 2 was a wild one, the Ducks dragging their way back from 4-1 down only to be brushed off in overtime. With the number of goals we've seen in this series already I'm expecting another high-scoring affair tonight - over 4.5 goals starts at 1.72. Anaheim won in Detroit during the regular season and are rightfully still favourites to go through as winning on the road is something they are accustomed to. Go with the Ducks here at 2.75.
Best bet: Anaheim Ducks to win at 2.75