Analysis: With two players tallying more than 100 points and two more with at least 75, Washington seems to be the prohibitive favorite after its most prolific season in franchise history. Alex Ovechkin eclipsed the 50-goal mark for the fourth time and Nicklas Backstrom followed him to 100 points as the Capitals scored more than 3.8 goals per game. That''s about half a goal more than anyone else in the league. The only question at this point is who will be between the pipes. The Capitals haven''t announced whether they''ll go with Jose Theodore or Semyon Varlamov in net to start the playoffs. However, with their offense, it may not matter.
Analysis: Sidney Crosby is still there. So are Evgeni Malkin and the usual Pittsburgh Penguins'' suspects that helped the franchise to its third Stanley Cup championship a year ago. But a repeat run is going to take a bit more consistency than the Penguins have shown this year as well as victories over the East''s top teams that proved elusive during the regular season. Crosby, again with more than 100 points, had himself in the race in just about every individual offensive category. But goalie Marc-Andre Fleury needs to get hot for a Pittsburgh team that went just 0-8-2 against Washington and New Jersey this year.
Player of the series: Capitals - Nicklas Backstrom (4 goals, 4 assists)
Chances of Winning Conference Semifinals: Capitals 93.25% - Penguins 10.90%