The Canucks are having difficulty trying to get the puck past the Predators' unstoppable goalie. Pekka Rinne stopped 61 of 63 shots in the first two games against the highest scoring team in the NHL this season. If Rinne stays on his game, the Canucks are going to have a hard time moving on.
Can Lightning continue winning streak?
Two weeks ago, the Lightning were struggling, down 3-1 against the Penguins in Round 1. Now, they're heading back to Tampa Bay with a 2-0 series lead against the Caps — and yes, both of those wins came on the road. If they stay sharp as the underdogs, they may be able to dispatch another Cup favorite in short order.
Are Canucks wearing down?
The Presidents' Trophy winners took seven games to get out of the first round of the playoffs — and the last game was an overtime stunner. Then they lost Game 2 against the Predators in double overtime. At some point, this 60-plus minutes of game time is going to catch up to them. If they can't make this a quick series, they may not be able to get past this round.
Will Caps rebound?
Every season, the Caps hit a roadblock that prevents them from getting to the Stanley Cup final, and this year's roadblock seems to be the Lightning. But the Caps are a veteran team that has gone through this before, and they were able to pull out of a midseason slump to make it to the playoffs. They'll need to remember that now as they are in a 0-2 series hole.
Who will prove to be better captain?
Both Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Ovechkin had clutch performances in Game 2 in Washington. Ovechkin's goal with less than two minutes left sent the game to overtime and Lecavalier came through in overtime. But Game 1 wasn't as flashy with Vinny nabbing only two assists and Alex laying goose eggs in goals and assists. Will they not only inspire their teams to victory but also have a bigger hand in getting them there?