The Capitals and Blackhawks will play each other in Game 6 of their first-round series on Wednesday, and they are expecting a fun one.
Here are five things to watch for on the ice:1.
Caps vs. Blackhawks: How many goals will the Caps have?
That is a question that will be answered this week, as they have scored just two goals in their past five games.
The Blackhawks scored twice in Game 5, including a power-play goal, in an overtime victory.
Both teams have scored four goals or more in the past five playoff games.
It’s possible the Blackhawks could score more than four goals in each of the next three games.2.
Blackhawks vs. Caps: Will there be a third period?
The Blackhawks have scored a power play goal in each game they’ve played in the first round.
It has been their best offensive performance of the series.
That’s not a bad start.
The Capitals have scored five goals or less in three of their past four games.3.
Capitals vs. Capitals: Can the Caps make the extra attacker?
The Capitals haven’t scored on the power play in either of their two playoff games this postseason.
It is a good sign that the Caps are taking the opportunity to create offense.
In the past two games, they have had the puck just 14 times.4.
Blackhawks at Caps: Is it a repeat of Game 5?
The Caps are 4-1 in the series, but they also have lost in the opening round to the Capitals in Game 7 of last season.
The two teams have played just twice in the postseason and both games ended in overtime.5.
Capitals at Blackhawks: Who will score first?
It’s an important matchup for the Capitals, who have scored three goals in the three games they’ve faced the Blackhawks.
But it is a matchup the Capitals can’t afford to lose.
The Hawks have scored at least five goals in three straight games.