Series breakdown: Capitals (1) vs. Lightning (5)
The Lightning, like the Caps, can be considered extremely top-heavy. They play a unique 1-3-1 defensive system under coach Guy Boucher, and over the course of a seven-game series, it may be easier for teams to solve it down the stretch. Certainly, Pittsburgh wasn't able to figure out how to do it in the first round, but the Pens were also without their top two offensive weapons. The Caps, however, have enough firepower to arm a battalion, and unlike former iterations, have proved that they're able to win in more than one way.
That's not to say that the Lightning aren't stacked up front. Martin St. Louis is tied for third with eight playoff points, and depth contributions from Steve Downie and Simon Gagne (each with seven points) have made Tampa Bay's offense a fearsome force this spring. With snipers like Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier, the Bolts' power play enjoyed a 29.6 success rate in the first round, which is even more spectacular given that it came against the best penalty killing team in the league. It will be compelling to see how they fare against Washington's second-ranked PK. The Caps, however, averaged the second fewest penalty minutes per game (9;36) in the first round, and so maintaining that discipline will be the most effective way to shut down Tampa's power play.