Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.
Surprise, surprise, the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals might be on a collision course for a matchup in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so what we'll see in NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry game could be a preview.
The Rangers and Capitals have met in the playoffs four out of the past six years, including three in a row from 2011-13.
As it stands right now the Rangers would actually play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round while the Capitals would face the New York Islanders. The Eastern Conference standings, particularly in the Metropolitan Division, are so fluid that what we see now might be completely different from what we see at the end of the season.
I have to go off of what we're seeing now, so here is my breakdown of what could be a thriller at Verizon Center: