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The road to glory

A look at what teams will need to do to get past the second round of the NHL playoffs.

No. 1 Capitals vs. No. 5 Bolts
Game 1: Friday, 7 p.m., TSN
SEASON SERIES: Capitals 4-1-1

CAPITALS WIN IF?...
... they continue their adherence to a decent defensive game. They allowed just eight goals against while taking out the Rangers in five games in the first round.
... Alexander Ovechkin continues to light it up offensively. He had six points, including three goals, in those five games against New York.

LIGHTNING WIN IF ...
... goaltender Dwayne Roloson, 41, continues to defy logic with his youthful acrobatics. He allowed just four goals in Tampa’s final three wins over Pittsburgh.

No. 2. Flyers vs. No. 3 Bruins
Game 1: Saturday, 3 p.m., CBC
SEASON SERIES: Bruins 3-0-1

FLYERS WIN IF?...
... they can settle on one of their three rotating goalies — likely Brian Boucher to start — and he can be adequate enough to hold the spot.
... Chris Pronger, who had surgery in mid-March to fix a broken hand, heals to the point where he can be more than just a presence.

BRUINS WIN IF ...
... they channel their residual frustration from last spring when the Flyers embarrassed them, rallying from three games down to win their second-round playoff series.

No. 1 Canucks vs. No. 5 Preds
Game 2: Saturday, 9 p.m., CBC
SEASON SERIES: Tied, two wins each

CANUCKS WIN IF?...
... Roberto Luongo shows he can confidently stop pucks in the post-season.
... Ryan Kesler shows more offensively. He had zero goals against the Blackhawks in seven games.

PREDATORS WIN IF ...
... they get to Luongo. Nashville’s offence isn’t as skilled as Chicago’s but its hard work will produce enough chances to challenge the Canucks’ netminder.

No. 2 Sharks vs. No. 3 Red Wings
Game 1: Friday, 10 p.m., TSN
SEASON SERIES: Sharks 3-1-0

SHARKS WIN IF?...
... Dan Boyle can keep up the pace of playing 27 minutes a game.
... their explosive power play can take advantage of Wings’ mediocre penalty killing.
... Goalie Antii Niemi gets back on track. He was pulled twice in the first round and posted a head-shaking .863 save percentage and 3.99 goals-against average.

RED?WINGS WIN IF ...
... they take full advantage of a lengthy break with old guys rested and healed without getting rusty.
... Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg play like Datsyuk and Zetterberg.
... Jimmy Howard continues strong play in net.

 
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